Hyderabad: By discovering nature, you discover yourself! This is what has happened in the case of a group of 15 doctors in Nizamabad. Realising the need to preserve the green cover and live amidst nature, they are creating Rurban Nest, touted to be the first eco-habitat gated community in the country, designed by Hyderabad-based Organo Rurban Living.
The project, which aims to create a ‘prosumer’ (who produce and consume) community, is being developed in 9.2 acres of land, with ground coverage of 5,800 sq m. A total of 22 farm villas are being built to foster quintessential green living. Each villa will have about 3,700-4,000 sq ft space. The Rs 78-crore project is targeted for completion by December 2022 and will be built by an independent developer as per Organo’s design.
The environment-conscious community intends to deliver unique experiences & ambience and reinvent the way of ‘responsible living’ with this luxurious eco-habitat. Drawing similarities and spirit from Organo’s maiden project Organo Naandi, Rurban Nest will focus on Saptha Patha: The seven strands of sustainability — energy, food, water, air, earth, people, and shelter.
Nagesh Battula, founder & CEO, Organo Rurban Living, told Telangana Today, “Rurban Nest is a community of fifteen doctors who have collectively joined hands to create a space of ‘responsible luxury’. We have partnered with them to create a community which is cognizant of nature’s needs at every step. These doctors want to live in these villas and bring a few more like-minded people. Organo is creating a customised project for these doctors.”
He added, “Apart from villas, we have 2.5 acres for organic farming, where seasonal fruits and vegetables could be cultivated. There is a goshala, duck pond, poultry, rachabanda, cricket pitch, badminton court, bio-pool, yoga deck, and a collective kitchen. It will present a blend of tradition and modern design & build elements.”
The doctors are creating an ecosystem that produces food and shelter for the residents, without resource depletion. By adopting accountable and inter-disciplinary measures, the project aims to create an eco-habitat that is sustainable. “Design is the heart of our project to craft a lifestyle that embeds culture and tradition through the habitat. It is not conventional real estate that we are creating here,” he added.
Building materials and components are chosen that meet sustainable architecture, with attention to aspects such as energy, toxicity, environmental impact, durability, and recyclability.
Battula added, “There is a huge demand for eco-habitat concepts. People realise they need more open space, and they don’t want to get lost in conventional real estate. With work from home and new normal, people are looking to go away from cities and live in such communities. Those who are passionate about nature and sustainability will continue to invest in such projects. There is high demand in metros and the culture will soon pick up in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in the coming years.”