By Abdul Bari
Architect/ Urban Designer
All Singing ... All Dancing Urban Living in Future!
As land values rise to stupendous levels, an owner, exercises options to unlock his land value by putting up part of his FAR in a collaborative redevelopment project while retaining his address, ownership and lifestyle in future.
But then get into the minds of the builder-owner duo and you get a dizzying set of problems to solve. A vertical division of the permissible FAR, Division of front facade in ratio of the ownership and a mix of apartment types suited to different family structures, future ownership changes and the market for rental income in the locality. Designers would be proud of the all singing all dancing model that meets all the above criteria. Watch this space for a choice of alternative styles for asymmetrical contemporary or symmetrical neo classical façade options.
This was the response to the Owner’s call of having distinct identities for the one-third/two-third FAR divisions. This very intelligently catered to the building regulation of having no projections beyond 2’ from the building line unless its a 3’ balcony. Planter boxes, steEl fins/frames and wardrobe masses were used to create a capsule composition.