Forming part of a larger community of apartment buildings, Arati III is the 'outer face' of the community. Carrying the role of an interactive building on the streetscape, the design goal has been to enable street side interaction with the residents. All living room balconies face the street while the quieter areas such as the bedrooms and study face inner gardens. Passers-by can chat to friends on the balconies. An open central staircase opens the building to both the inner gardens as well as the outer street. One of the key features of this project is the multiple levels at which the apartments are set, creating for each apartment an individual landing foyer without having a neighbour directly opposite. The other key features are its box balconies which allow just enough space to open the long French windows and sit out. The boxing of the balconies also gives additional protection against the harsh sun and monsoon rains, preventing either from entering the rooms.
Integrating other infrastructural features such as storm water management, waste water recycling and re-use, and a low maintenance garden, Arati 3 encourages interaction between people without compromising on privacy or noise intrusion.
Total built-up area: 1,740 sqm
Total number of apartments: 12
Architect: Shama Dalvi
Sri Aurobindo AuditoriumCultural Heart of AurovilleThe Auditorium is an impressive structure with an iconic roof projection and a 650-seat auditorium that probably provides the largest theatre seating capacity in south India. Over the years it has been the scene of creative and innovative programmes plus workshops in music, dance, art and theatre. It has also served as a venue for national and international seminars and a centre for Indian and international films and film festivals. In fact, it has acted as the cultural heart of Auroville, and the main centre of the International Zone since it started functioning.Architect: R. Chakrapani
The Unity PavilionA Versatile Venue For a Variety of EventsThe Unity Pavilion, located on the Crown Road in the International Zone, was started as a seed and catalyst for the overall development of Auroville's International Zone. Today it consists of the Unity Hall, the Hall of Peace, office space, a Geodesic Dome, an outdoor eating space, and hosts a wide variety of events.Architects: Piero & Gloria Cicionesi