Summer Palms - Affordable Housing Yet Value for Money

Summer Palm is Design Forum International’s first successful delivered projects in the cost-effective segment of residential projects. Spread across a 13.29-acre site, it houses 900 apartments and is designed with a built-up area of just over a million sq. feet.

Early in the quest for effectiveness, DFI settled on the 8 to a core plan for dwelling units in the affordable segment; it is fat plus shaped arrangement which has two units in each of its wings. A pair of lifts and a pair of staircases services the eight units. Because of the compactness of the cluster plan, the area required under circulation is substantially lower than say a linear corridor plan, with the added advantage of all units getting ventilation, light and most importantly visual privacy from another unit. The Summer Palm site offered a very clean rectangular outline and the maximum was optimized to craft a beautiful geometry by laying out the towers in a linear fashion. The plus-shaped towers allow for joining two or more together and shaping a geometric site arrangement. Therefore, the plan shapes itself as a peripherally aligned site plan with open spaces getting consolidated in the centre. The pockets of land projecting out of the main rectangle are used to house the amenities of the project.

Summer Palms is an outstanding residential complex which has over nine hundred satisfied inhabitants. Summer Palm does not compromise on any of the rudimentary necessities and provisions; in fact, it has an expansive central green landscape, open areas with well-manicured lawns and water bodies makes it stand out as a landmark residential complex. The apartments have large rooms with private balconies which lend a majestic view of nature all around.

Design Forum International is a young-old organization with almost 25 years of experience that has quickly set the right foot to be one of the best architecture firms in India. The firm is a vibrant mix of young and experienced professionals bounded by a common thread: the passion to design. An active contributor to the Nation Building drive and the Indian infrastructural boom, DFI holds vast industry experience in both national and international projects with millions of square feet of construction in a varied range of typology like Affordable Housing, Master planning, Mixed use & Retail, Institutional as well as Healthcare. Some of DFI’s notable projects include the famous Select Citywalk mall, and the recently inaugurated New Courts Block of Delhi High Court., the ITO Skywalk, Delhi and the Dakshineshwar Skywalk in Kolkata. The Guwahati International Airport in Assam, designed by DFI is also under completion and is scheduled for completion in 2021.