High living is poised to take off A stone’s throw away from the airport, at House of Hiranandani Devanahalli

The fine life is set to take centrestage at House of Hiranandani, Devanahalli — a township in Bengaluru with a strong design ethos. Conveniently located in proximity to the airport, it seeks to reinvent everyday living experiences with a stylish setting that offers all the comforts and conveniences of luxury living. While the apartments boast space and light with the latest amenities, the villas offer expansive and uncluttered rooms with thoughtful details in addition to state-of-the-art technology. Voluminous 2, 2.5, 3 and 4BHK villas and cottages are marked by neo-classical architecture and influences that permeate the design and almost transport one to Spain and other parts of Europe. The urban, eclectic aesthetic of the township is characterised by careful planning and picturesque landscaping. It is an amalgam of traditional and contemporary design; an ecosystem that caters to the tastes of today’s home buyer.
The design brief given to the architects – to respect land character, blend the flora and fauna with the landscaping, be eco-sensitive and create world class living – was adhered to with sensitivity. When they first saw it, a mud road was the only access to the barren and undulated site, which was full of dry and thorny vegetation. Now, an abundance of greenery allows for easy moments of solitude; each home has its own private herbal park or garden both in the front and at the back. Other challenges were encountered, too – like black cotton soil in the foundation which was causing the footpaths to crack, the unavailability of river sand, open wells on the site which were historically used for agriculture, and the need to mobilise labour for such a large project.
To counter these issues, structural design suiting the soil condition was employed, keeping the costing under check. The usage of M-Sand bedding for the granite in the footpath helped to stop the black cotton soil expansion and contraction, thereby preventing cracks. Instead of river sand, mix designs were made with M-Sand for construction activities. Permanent labour hutment with facilities were provided by the contractors in order to retain the labourers at site. All the open wells were renovated, retained and converted to recharge pits. The frame design was also replaced with flat slab which has a reduced slab cycle and allows for minimum usage of timber. In fact, House of Hiranandani has the distinction of being the first company to have introduced flat slab in the residential sector in Bengaluru.
A strong urban design, including consistent and appropriate placement of dwellings, streets, trees, site furnishings and pavements form a picturesque setting for an integrated community. However, it is the landscaping that is the unique unifying element for the entire township. “The design concept was the outcome of an optimal integration of a township at a macro level, and villas and cottages at the micro level,” explains Surendra Hiranandani, CMD, House of Hiranandani. “From the outset, we had decided that there should not be any hard division of spaces. The objective was to give it the feel of an integrated community.”
The design elements are fluid, with an influence of neo-classical detail that fits a typical Spanish-type villa. Certain elements are from the Renaissance period that have been modified to suit the construction methodology. The luxury villas are surrounded by diversified greenery. The interior design captures as much daylight as possible. The openings have been optimised to suit the design and façade details.
The tropical vernacular architecture has been designed to adapt to the particular environmental settings and, in short, to let the outdoors in. Simple but interesting architectural features like sweeping sloping roofs with Mangalore tiles, sprawling sit-outs, interesting outdoor-indoor spaces and deep overhangs create a spectacularly charming ambience. The architecture springs from the ground, and merges with the landscape while capturing an incredible amount of daylight. The detailing and open spaces in the cottages are well balanced, giving every room a cosy, welcoming vibe. Minimalism in grandeur is a phrase that perfectly describes it.
“The juxtaposition of current fashion trends, like minimalism and abstract elements, with optimum spatial needs has resulted in this particular style that not only holds appeal – but offers freedom to personalise it,” Hiranandani adds. There is also something for those who prefer apartments. The towers offer the same sense of spaciousness with large apartments in addition to luxurious amenities like a well-appointed club house, herbal park and lush greenery.
While he is satisfied with the way the project has turned out, Hiranandani maintains that it is a constant learning process. “A dynamic project must understand the diversity and needs of the market. Hence, from 2BHK unit to 4BHK unit – our integrated township has something to offer for everyone as per their tastes and preferences. We have built apartments, villas and cottages – interwoven in the design with gardens that soothe one’s sensibilities as the focal point and an emphasis on semi-outdoor spaces. “
At the neighbourhood level, each structure – from the cottages and villas to the apartment towers – contributes to cluster activity and promotes interaction among residents. Nature trails and parks are an added bonus. House of Hiranandani is strategically located in close proximity to some important commercial and business destinations, ensuring that a busy, buzzy pace can be complemented with leisurely living – an important consideration when the project is located a distance away from downtown attractions.

Author : Maria Louis

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