The Dancing Towers Masterplan (260,000m2 of luxury residential) posed a number of challenges, in particular where to start with the design of a dense masterplan for a site on the outskirts of Bangalore – in what is almost a rural setting. Furthermore, besides height limitations, basic set back regulations and the clients requirements on number of towers, there was very little to drive the design. The brief and site analysis suggested a principal layout of towers across the site, where each tower was moved apart to maximise privacy. Starting with a North / South orientation, the towers arrangement resulted in adjacency issues, where facades overlooked each other. A number of steps reworked this arrangement to maximise privacy. This included the rotating of towers and creating a balance of privacy between all towers. Furthermore distributing more of the building mass into its base, allowed for the tower tops to be further apart, stipulating further privacy of the more luxury apartments. This created two distinct types of residential program within the towers. At the bottom, apartments were set within the landscape, featuring private gardens and terraces. Whilst towards the top of the tower, apartments feature smaller floor plates, maximising views and featuring smaller balconies and terraces. This transformation meant that the floor plates at the bottom of the towers increased in size and needed to be reworked to introduce daylight into the depth of the buildings. The resulting cuts and reworked towers join and separate to form a landscape of terraces and bridges. This allows various routes through the diverse landscaping, as well as internal routes to connect the towers for access through the site during Monsoon season. Below the towers, a carpark with 2040 spaces services the towers along with a waste recycling system and service access for the club house program, retail and restaurants.




STATUS: ongoing
LOCATION: Bangalore, India
TEAM: Andreas Krause, Nada Doletinova, Florian Migsch, Daniel Reynolds, Guillem Piza, Jonas Upton-Hansen (Upton-Hansen Architects), Erin Klassen (Upton-Hansen Architects)