Penda was asked by Indian Real Estate Company Pooja Crafted Homes to design a Landscape for a Residential Development in Hyderabad / India. “We were always inspired by Indian Stairwells. It is very rare to find an architectural typology where function and beauty are so intertwined and a harmony of human needs and environmental impact is so in balance.”
Penda took Indian stairwells as a source of inspiration and created steps for the landscape. Those steps are used as planters and filled with flowers, herbs and grasses to serve as a communal garden for the residents.
Based on Indian Water-mazes, the steps get shifted to create different sets of atmosphere. From private gardens for a stroll in the park to open plazas for larger gatherings. The 8.000sqm large landscape is designed around a 3 different speeds of moving. A wide, straight road is for runners, fast walkers and serves as an emergency lane for ﬁre-trucks. Residents who want to get quickly to their apartments, but also enjoy a walk in the park in a more private setting, use a second, narrower walking path. A third trail takes people onto the steps to the private gardens and is mainly for strolling through the landscape in the evening or walking the dog. It takes one through bamboo coves, flower gardens and water features and has built in benches for taking a rest.
Images : Courtest of Penda