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In collaboration with architect Varun Kohli of Merge Studios, Billie Cohen Ltd. is designing the outdoor plazas for the office towers in Karle Town Centre, a new mixed use development outside the bustling city of Bangalore. The 72-acre site is nested within the sensitive ecological ecosystem of the Nagawara Lake, where the availability of contiguous land allows for the opportunity of an integrated and environmentally sensitive urban planning approach including storm water management.

Merge Studios created an undulating facade featuring a site specific modular system designed to optimize solar shading, daylight, and natural ventilation within the buildings. Inspired by the rhythm of the architecture, the landscape design is composed of gently sloping seat walls, sunken gardens, and a series of winding paths that weave the seating areas with the traditionally celebrated theme of water.

Built over the roof of the parking garage, the proposed design will use sustainable strategies including a one meter depth allowance in the center of plaza that provides adequate soil volume for healthy and lush plantings, and solar panels on air vents to supply electricity for water pumps and lighting. In addition, water from the fountains, water features, and roof structure will be harnessed in required storage systems to be used for irrigation during the dry season.

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