Part of a larger mixed-use development master plan outside Hyderabad, this residential parcel includes approximately 1.3 million square feet. The project advances the traditional Indian courtyard house into a new porous building type that serves a much larger scale development. It takes advantage of the technique of self-shading demonstrated by Indian “haveli” to produce comfortable and engaging outdoor spaces. To transform this traditional building type for a new scale, the 25-story cube is eroded with a system of ‘cracks’ to create cross ventilation for public space and natural ventilation for private apartments. Outdoor terraces along the ‘crack’ offer a level of luxury to the private apartments and a sense of community to the overall development. Gardens inside the large courtyard space extend out to the entire block bordered by mid-rise residential apartments. Amenities such as swimming pools, a café, and a club are woven throughout the stepped garden spaces.