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Social Housing: massing
Project Name: Seikh Sarai Housing, New Delhi
Project Location: Sheikh Sarai,New Delhi, India, Built 1982
Area: 35 acres,
Density: 100 Aptmts / ha
Total No. of Units: 550
Architect: Raj Rewal
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Client : DDA ( Delhi Development Authority )

Uploaded by: Arshia Chaudhri

Low-rise high density housing developed in 1982, for DDA( Delhi Development Authority)

producing 550 units of affordable housing centred around a Self- financing -scheme(SFS).

Developed in a Pre-existing dense Urban fabric, the development is a part of a key housing

program for the Meddle income groups(annual income ~ 4000$-16000 $). Located between

a densely populated residential area in south Delhi, the development is half mile from major

vehicular arteries of the city with quick access to all modes of transportation. Close proximity

to this artery allows easy access to most of the key areas within the city. Being the one of the

first planned development amongst the existing squatter settlements, the project provided a

opportunity to organize the existing infrastructure and re-distribute the already existing load

within the area, thus leading to a initiation of different levels of organisation at different

scales with an urban chaos.

TARGET AUDIENCE -Affordable Housing built for medium and low income Groups

(M.I.G=annual income ~ 4000$-16000 $)

BUILT FABRIC -Low-Rise High density walk up apartments, clustered to create internal

shaded streets linked by gateways and open courtyards (traditional Indian architectural

elements) for public use to resemble a traditional urban settlement, and also as an

expression of style of the architect. The gateways,a common feature within the project

enabled high level of transparency despite being a high density development rendering it

legible for the users.

MOVEMENT AND FLOW – Clear demarcation of vehicular and pedestrian streets,

restricting the vehicular flow to the peripheries with few access points along the road and

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enhancing pedestrian flow along the central spine puncturing the built solids. This defined

the parking spaces and flow of traffic outside of the housing clusters.

COMMUNITY SPACES – Fostering shared spaces for the community by creating intimate

courtyards connected to each other, representing the traditional elements of Indian

Architecture. The scale of these courtyards has been Manipulated towards increased social

activities and interaction amongst the resident community, serving as social facilitators.

CLUSTERS &UNITS – Six different types of units ranging from 70-120 sq.m , organised in

two different clusters, 3 and 4 storey’s high. The units have several variations in type, from

1-3 bedroom apartments, although minor in each case, the need for economy and design is

apparent within the interior . The units are compact without any ambiguity of space that

comes from having greater floor areas to negotiate from. Despite the compactness of both

units and clustering,every room is well- ventilated and well lit with an attached terrace for

each unit.

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Urban-scape at site level, The architect developed the project by employing urban strategies of articulated flows,segregated
Urban-scape at site level, The architect developed
the project by employing urban strategies of
articulated flows,segregated spaces and applied
the same on the site level, Resulting in a structured
urban settlement .
Affordability -A new financial scheme was
developed for this particular case which helped
subsidize the housing units for the users . In the
Self-Financing-scheme, the alottees had to pay in 5
installments over the period of the construction
phase. This allowed the housing authority to create
mix of units and make the project more
Architectural Qualities
economically viable. -The use of locally available
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SITE PLAN Structure material was intrinsic to the nature of project and to further bring down
SITE PLAN
Structure
material was intrinsic to the
nature of project and to
further bring down the cost
of the project. The structure
comprised of concrete
posts and beams with infill
brick walls covered with
rough cast plaster. This
gave the user the flexibility
to modify as well.
BUILT BLOCKS
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CLUSTER & UNIT CONFIGURATION

CLUSTER & UNIT CONFIGURATION

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