French-inspired building proposed for Indian suburb


Gurgaon 71, a residential project proposal by Maison Edouard Francois to be located in the Delhi suburb of Gurgaon, aims to represent French-style luxury living while simultaneously incorporating Indian traditions.

Situated away from the hustle and bustle of New Delhi, the residential towers are implanted like trees, creating a calm and green environment. The rooms are oriented according to the principles of vastu, an ancient doctrine on how the laws of nature affect human dwellings.  A space in each residence is reserved for divinity altars.  Three separate circulations are organized for inhabitants, guests, and services.

The apartments make use of materials such as marble and wood and have large interiors, including double height spaces, and offer 360° views onto the surrounding landscape.


The highest of the towers are conceived with “green clouds”—spaces that are extensions of the apartments below.  They permit each apartment, no matter what level it is situated on, to benefit from extraordinary rooftop views.  Private elevators allow direct access to the green cloud from the apartments.  In the green cloud there is a living room, a kitchen, toilets, and 100m² terrace that is more than 5m high.

According to the architects, the green clouds are like tea pavilions in the garden of a chateau: they embody French-style luxury living.


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