Chennai H113 Master Plan
This residential master plan in Chennai, India was pursued in collaboration with Tishman Speyer and TSI Ventures India, who commissioned this feasibility study for 4.6 million sf of residential area, with apartments, townhouses and villas for a viable mix of community.
The primary challenge for the site was the watershed. The property had a history of flooding throughout the year and especially during monsoon season, and had been deemed by other developers as non-buildable. Our interdisciplinary team, which included Andorpogon Associates and Buro Happold, approached the site with stormwater management at the center of the solution. Watershed needed to be managed around the site, so that adjacent flow did not adversely affect the project, as well as on the site so that a manageable amount of water could be harnessed and taken advantage of. A central reservoir became the primary open space for the community to engage with, reestablishing the full range of relationships between natural processes and human activity.