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Maitreye

Maitreye Phase 1 :

Maitreye is a residential project situated in the Residential Zone of Auroville.
Maitreye is intended to “cater for the needs of Newcomers and Aurovilians with limited resources for their housing needs.” Sonali characterizes Maitreye's method of construction as ‘cost-effective' ; which focuses on a  less costly raw structure by having random rubble masonry rather than reinforced concrete foundation and by making the whole structure load-bearing, using frame construction only for lateral ties against earthquake forces. The external walls are constructed by laying two hollow fired bricks side by side, creating two different cavities to dampen sound as well as provide thermal insulation. The other problem we have here is high humidity, so all the houses in Maitreye have cross-ventilation. Also the rooms have high ceilings and the windows can be opened at different heights to maximize the air flow. Moreover the roof slabs are also made of hollow terracotta blocks for thermal  insulation and to save on the amount of concrete used.
Maitreye’s infrastructure focuses on the efficient water management with waste water treatment system and a rain water harvesting tank to feed the common laundry .
Solar water heaters are installed as per the clients’s request.
Maitreye has conserved almost all the valuable trees on the site and at places the location of the house was adjusted to save trees.
The landscaping planned incorporates all the existing trees and will focus on indigenous species of plants.Maitreye also plans to develop a community garden for fruits and medicinal plants .
At present Maitreye residents include  2 houses for newcomers, 11 Indians, 4 French, 1 American, 2 spanish, 2 Russians,1 Ethiopian, 2 studios.





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Facade

 

 

 



Maitreye inside

 

 

 


Interiors

 

 



Interiors

 


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