An Indian flair

by TERESA CHOW on Jul 27, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors
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 Inspired by Philippe Starck, Yoopune provides an oasis of calm for the residents of the city of Pune, in the midst of an ancient rainforest.

 Located in Koregon Park Annexe, Yoopune is the first luxury residential complex developed by Panchshil in Pune, India. Set within an expanse of 17 acres – including a five-acre historic rainforest – Yoopune, by global design brand Yoo, provides 216 luxurious homes in six towers which overlook ancient trees, some of which are a century old.

When Yoo was founded in 1999, it was based on the concept of ‘you get what you want’. Designer Philippe Starck has always said his motivation in the Yoo concept was to help people make a home for themselves using their own taste and imagination, but with a little assistance from Yoo if they need it. Mark Davison, head of design of Yoo, tells Perspective how this project began and evolved.

How did Yoo-Panchshil collaboration begin?

The developer Panchshil approached us with a spectacular location of 17 acres of natural rainforest in Pune – a dream opportunity for our first Indian project.

Yoopune is the first Yoo project in India. How did Asia inspire the design?

Yoopune is our fifth project in Asia after Yoo Phuket, iLiv@Grange in Singapore, Jia Hotel in Hong Kong, and The Beach in Koh Samui. We are also working on a Wanders & Yoo-designed hotel in Hong Kong.

The design concept for Yoopune is to provide an oasis of calm for residents, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, both in Pune and for those who will use it for weekends from Mumbai.

There is always an abundance of inspiration when designing in Asia – there is such a strong appreciation for traditional culture and history, so by collaborating with local teams, and through extensive research of local culture and customs, allowed us to create something unique but relevant to the local culture.

It was important to get the balance of what works in the local climate to overhanging roofs against the midday sun, cross-ventilation and good orientation were very important.

Read the full story in the August 2011 issue of Perspective magazine!