RestelloBengal Shrachi Housing Development Ltd and Living Steel
This residential scheme in Kolkata, India, combines a local tradition of open, expressive architecture with highly sustainable building technology.
Bengal Shrachi Housing Development Ltd and Living Steel
This residential scheme in Kolkata, India, for TATA Steel and developer Bengal Shrachi combines a local tradition of open, expressive architecture with global advances in building technology.
In a strategy challenging the relevance of Western air-conditioned homes versus the permeability of sub-tropical architecture, 12 apartments are wrapped in a permeable responsive outer skin of steel shutters. The space between the living core and façade is used to create an environmental buffer zone of outside rooms and double-height private terraces. This naturally cooled in-between space mitigates the use of conventional mechanical cooling on all but the hottest days.
In a pioneering use of the material in India, the veil of laser cut steel lends a unique cultural identity to the façade, casting patterns of dappled light and shade across the apartment interior. Sustainability is a key driver, proving that modern, modular buildings can be both sophisticated and feasible.
Initially won through an international competition, the project is now on site in Rajarhat New Town, a newly developed and rapidly growing residential and industrial hub in Kolkata. The delivery strategy is based on a simple ‘kit of parts’ principle, developed in conjunction with supply chain partners TATA steel.
- Bengal Shrachi Housing Development Ltd and Living Steel
- Kolkata, India
- Gross Floor Area:
- 33, 400 sq ft
- On Site
- MIPIM Residential Award
- EMVS Sustainability Award
- Living Steel Competition
- MIPIM Future Projects Sustainability Finalist
- Price & Myers, Structural Engineer
- Faber Maunsell, Services Engineer
- Jackson Coles, Cost Consultant