Current Status

The Hyderabad Collective

22 members, 318 prospectives

Design process initiation starting soon

Minimal is good

The Basic Design

The collective is located about 31 km from Outer Ring Road (Bongloor exit), 10km off the Sagar Road. The collective is in a hilly terrain with the forest on two sides. The drive is extremely beautiful and unlike what you would imagine this close to the city.

From the Nagarjuna Circle in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, it takes just 1hr 30 min to get to the collective in mid morning hours.

Each Member gets 1.50 acres of land. Approx 1.2 of it would be divided land share and 0.3 would be undivided share. This Undivided share would contain the homes, the staff quarters, the store houses, the common areas, the community kitchen, etc. If you are wondering why we are doing clusters of housing, it is because that is the most sustainable way of building a village. It makes delivering natural resources like water and electricity into the house very efficient. We have promised you sustainability and we will deliver on that.

The price includes the earth home and maintenance cost for the first two years. BeForest would be responsible for land acquisition and development of the property. Once the food forest is in place and the homes are built, BeForest will continue to run the place for 10 years to come acting as an enabler, facilitator, executioner and a market channel.

For more details please check out the brochure.

Reduce, Refuse, Recycle and Repurpose

Waste Management

We re optimising our power needs, water requirement etc to reduce our requirement of precious natural resources. Simultaneously, grey water recycling for use in irrigation, bathroom flushes, etc and natural waster treatment methods using reed beds forms an important aspect of our design.

Complete black water recycling using latest methods
We are devising methods to bring plastic usage to a bare minimum as well by depending on natural materials for storage as well.

Sensible Design and Technology

Energy Efficiency

Simple design methods to reduce direct radiation to enter the homes keeps them significantly cooler, hence reducing the energy requirement. One can achieve a 5-10 degree drop in temperature with just design and materials.
Innovative technologies are being explored for providing hot water for the bathroom and kitchen.
A cluster based solar farm to be set up to provide for the energy needs of the housing clusters. Grid connectivity would be there as well.

Local materials, Expert Designs

Earth Homes

We believe in using what the site has to offer. With that in mind, all the structures in the property will be built using rammed earth/ adobe brick/laterite block techniques/granite  etc. This enables us to build these structures from the soil found at the site itself. Not only does it have aesthetic appeal, but also has a high thermal mass. This ensures that its cold in summers and warm in winters on the inside. From the outside, it seamlessly merges with the landscape. In addition we take extreme care in the design to achieve a 5-10 degree celsius difference from the outside.

The smallest home we propose is a simple 650sft plinth area structure that would have a bedroom, a living space, a bathroom and a dining area. In addition to this, each home would also have a small front yard and back yard for your experiments at a small scale. Larger options are also possible ofcourse, but they would be catered to on a case to case basis.

Other specs include:

– Flooring with traditional red oxide, tandoor stone or wooden flooring.
– Cold and hot water showers and wash area.

– No or minimum paint on the woodwork and tiles.

– Mechanism to provide water secure environment upto  150Lt per person per day.