ToT – Tower of Terraces
Prashant Sutaria Architects (PSA) with Hemanti Sutaria
ToT – Tower of Terraces is located in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India and has been conceptualised as a symphony of vertical and horizontal elements which create interesting volumes and spaces with interplays of light and shadow. White colour and glass provide a contrast against green landscapes in the foreground and the tight plot of approximately 1486 square metres is well utilised to create the correct balance between aesthetics and functionalities.
The concept was developed to create 15 luxury apartments with all the elements of a small and intimate gated community. The building has one apartment per floor and there are 360-degree views with ample sunlight. The individual layout of the villas follows the principals of the ancient Hindu ‘Vastu Shastra’, a prerequisite of most clients. The cross ventilation helps keep temperatures pleasant in summer and each room has double-height terraces/balconies.
This contemporary building is designed for wellbeing with an infinity swimming pool, gymnasium and a multipurpose room – all at 46 metres
In the north east corner of the site, there is a small temple for the ‘God of Wind ‘, Hanuman. It is visualised as a lego block with nine circular skylights and a shade of orange on the back wall and the rooftop.
All utilities and services are tucked away in the back, side or basement where there is parking for cars. This also helps in creating a green foreground for the building which is used for recreation as well as social interactions.
The overall massing of the 150-feet building, with vertical and horizontal elements, creates interesting volume and spaces and makes for a visual symphony in the landscape.
Lighting: Jaquar Lightings India, Hybec Lights India. Finishes: Kajaria Tiles India. Fittings & Fixtures: Kohler India, Finesta Windows System, India.
Photography: Shubhojit Das, Kolkatta.