The Wind Gates in Kolhapur is an asymmetrical juxtaposition of blocks

In Kolhapur, India, the Wind Gates apartment complex was constructed under the guidance of Abhijith Magdum, Chairman of Bhima Mahabharat Builders. The structure of different grids is designed to enhance a dramatic facade.

The asymmetrical juxtaposition of blocks creates an interesting façade

The Wind Gates plot is strategically situated within the city of Kolhapur, India, and offers unobstructed views of the New Palace Museum. For maximum floor space, the principal plot has been divided into two wings; connected by wire rope pergolas at the entrance. The pergolas convey connectivity and act as a contributor to balance space and height proportions. The design provides the illusion of a single campus zone; the two wings are further interconnected by means of a bridges through wind pockets at multiple levels. 

The inspiration for the building’s name stems from the triple height wind pockets that allows unhampered winds from the west to travel into the complex. Cantilevered projections, box frames and pergolas combine to develop an interesting play of shadow and light. The recessive order of the blocks leading up to the penthouse gives the structure a unique skyline. The terraces attached to the units are projected through cantilevers over the blocks and are further enhanced by the fabricated pergolas and glass railing. The apartments offer an entrance lobby that segregates the space from the passages, while the floors abutting every residence bear dark traditional rangoli patterns. Wide open stairways encourage residents to access their dwellings and interactive spaces.

The design provides the illusion of a single campus zone; the two wings are further interconnected by means of a bridges through wind pockets at multiple levels

The interconnectivity of the many spaces within the compound is balanced through landscaping. A significant number of plant life was preserved during construction and is one of the highlights of the property. The height and length of the compound wall are obscured by the plantation of palm trees along the wall.

Ample daylight and natural ventilation are incorporated into the design. Fly ash bricks were used during construction. A plot of vegetation has been used to reduce urban heat, while wastewater recycling and solar energy are among the project’s green features. The multipurpose hall located centrally between the two wings is connected to the children’s play park and interaction spaces. Above the hall, is a rooftop garden, seating pockets and a kid’s paddle pool, while the gym and indoor game halls located below, feature skylights and indoor-landscape pockets. A coherent design, with respect to both climatology and site conditions, has created well-proportioned interior and exterior spaces at the Wind Gates.

Wind Gates
Bhima Mahabharat Builders
Location :
Kolhapur, India

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