Client : Pivotal Infrastructures
Plot Area : 5.068 Acres
Built Up Area : 6.89 lakhs Sq. Ft.
Design Forum International’s Devaan, in Sector-84, Gurgaon came into conception as Haryana’s first affordable housing project. Devaan’s strategy is deeply rooted in controlling cost by maximizing efficiency. Since the ticket price is low and there is no cushion for mistakes, affordable housing demands smart planning and design, as well as punctuality.
Land, Structure, Service, and Finish are the four components that determine the cost of any construction. Considering land and service cost as static determinants, the cost of structure became the determining factor in Devaan’s success. A 160mm sheer wall structure created a robust framework that is all muscle and no fat. Since each member is contributing towards load sharing, the thickness of walls and slabs could be reduced without compromising on the stability of the structure.
Each individual unit has a compact layout where the kitchen has been integrated with the living area, with its edges projecting out of the edges of the building to provide it a unique spatial experience. It also acts as a transition between the living area and two bedrooms, to retain proximity to private spaces, thereby making it the locus of the dwelling. The master bedroom has a private bathroom, whereas the second bathroom is shared for the entire unit. For maximum efficiency of services, eight such units are clustered around a core, to minimize the carpet area utilized for services and movement. The core is further aligned with two service shafts that not only allow for better adaptability and maintenance but act as a passive cooling zone for better regulation of thermal mass and optimal ventilation. The clusters are oriented to roads on one side and garden spaces on the opposite side.
Devaan reflects a sensibility of design that is empathetic to its users. Not only it serves to deliver the essential functions of a dwelling but makes an effort to reach further in providing its inhabitants a sense of community life, participation, and ideals. This affordable housing project presents a landmark value to the state that will continue to define the ethics of design practice for years to come.