Vasant Vihar Bungalow Community at Baner, Pune. for PSCL, Pune.
AESA AWARD winner of the year 2009 for BEST MASTER PLANNING.

Design Intent:
To create a residential commune consisting of different designs and area options of exclusive bungalows reflecting the changing lifestyle demands of the young professional who has traveled all over the world.

Design Concept:
To create a functional design, with the client and end user’s satisfaction as the main criteria for planning.
To derive a low-rise bungalow neighborhood concept to create a modern village akin to one in developed countries.
To keep the continuity and cadence of the landscaping undisturbed and; more importantly, to create a strong sense of community by this merging of private and public space.

Site Layout:
The units are arranged around meandering streets creating an old-world charm. The private lots are not fenced in front but have a frontage of green lawn abutting the street.
The road pattern is interesting with a pedestrian pathway along the street. Winding streets offer varied views and ensure spatial variation. The streets are detailed with carefully worked out edges, signage, lighting and pickets.
The layout consists of 20 different types of bungalow designs. Each unit type is carefully worked out with respect to circulation, light and cross ventilation as well as privacy from adjoining units. Each bungalow has its own private backyard, which is the owner’s pride. This backyard provides an extension of the living area for a barbeque and sit-out. The bungalows are designed individually and each requirement is detailed out for the owner. The bungalows range from 1800 sq. ft. to 3000 sq. ft. in area.
The clubhouse projects a simple ‘L’ shaped plan with recreation area , gym and changing rooms facing a swimming pool. The club house again is visualized to create a rural charm.

Eco-friendly measures:
1) Rain water harvesting
2) The Sewage treatment plant is installed for recycling of water for landscaping.
3) The sloping site is manipulated to balance cutting and filling.
4) Fly- ash bricks are used for construction and for plaster.
5) Material wastage on site is arrested by reuse.
6) Use of indigenous plants for landscaping.
7) Solar panels for water heating.
8) Common UGWT & ESR provided instead of individual overhead tanks.
9) Each bungalow is provided with its own vermin-culture pit to take care of wet garbage.
10) Three existing trees on site are retained and used to advantage in landscaping.
11) 400 more indigenous trees planted on campus and green belt adjoining nala
12) The Mangalore tiles on RCC sloping roof gives Heat insulation to bungalows.
13) Steel scrap & empty boxes of tiles, PVC waste, empty cement bags were sold for recycling.
14) Brickbat & cement wastage reused for filling toilet sunk & paved area I landscaping.
15) Street lights – CFL lights are used. For energy saving.