The Camac Residential Tower is a proposal for a residential tower located in the heart of Calcutta. The existing heritage structure previously owned by Sir RN Mookerjee, will be renovated. The narrow footprint that is left between the boundaries and the bungalow, results in an elegant and slender volume for the apartment tower.
While the parking is placed in a seven floor volume on top of the double height lobby floor, 17 residential floors contain a total of 4 duplexes and 26 apartments. While generally the availability of high end apartments is limited to standard 3 to 4 bedroom apartments which don’t allow modifications in the layout, the wide diversity of family types and sizes in India would suggest a different requirement. Therefore the structural system is designed such that the supporting columns and walls are only taken on the exterior and the internal walls are flexible. This allows for various permutations and modifications to happen over time and makes the structure more durable. This flexibility is expressed in the façade. Within the continuous column beam framework the deep recessed windows which form semi verandah’s are positioned differently on every floor, generating an abstract irregular pattern on the elevation.
While the purist exposed column beam structure responds to the rationality of the surrounding tropical modernist towers, the variety in the verandah and glass elements mark a vibrant city on the move. Topped by a common pool, fitness centre and lounge on the roof, the terrace becomes a place to relax and enjoy the historical panorama of the city.