Taloje, largest project, that located in Mumbai, India, was designed by aCTa international pte ltd, An international competition-winning design by Stephen Coates of aCTa international, the 340,000 sq m organic hybrid mega-structure ‘Taloje’ represents a departure from the normal high density residential development in Asia typified by identical towers aligned according to set back requirements resulting in deep oppressive canyons with little or no views either in or out of the central space thereby isolating the development from its surroundings.
Covering an area of 6.75 hectare, 3,400 apartments are housed in 20 separate but abutting towers linked horizontally by multi-storey habitable bridge connectors. All structure, services and access to apartments on the bridge connectors is horizontal allowing huge landscaped apertures to be created at lower and middle levels affording framed vistas of the stunning Khargahr Hills to the west from the deepest part of the site.
Basic towers are arranged around 2 central courtyards. Each tower is comprised of a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments, arranged vertically according to size. These levels are reflected in the 3 strata levels. The habitable bridges at the intermediate level are accessed from vertical connectors at the junctions with the towers. These connections are enhanced with more intimate gardens and will become natural places for informal chance meetings of immediate neighbours. Together with the roof top gardens, and the central courtyard gardens, Taloje will have a hierarchy of spaces and places that connects different groups of neighbours horizontally and vertically.