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A very Associates has won an extraordinary commission in India - to design a mammoth new town on the outskirts of Kolkata. The British practice has undertaken design work on the project, which will eventually be the centrepiece for the new settlement housing one million residents just outside the city, formerly known as Calcutta. The vast scheme was launched to find a solution to the problem of the fast-growing population in Kolkata, soon to be 10 million. Avery Associates' project will be made up of 52,000m 2 of mixeduse development. This will include 100 shops, offices, a fitness centre, an ice-skating rink, a swimming pool, two cinemas, a banqueting suite, several restaurants and a range of apartments in a 30-storey tower. Founding principal Bryan Avery said the concept designs took inspiration from the surrounding landscape. 'The form has been structured as a metaphor of the West Bengal landscape.

It represents the topographical transitions from the flat flood plains of the Ganges delta up to the tea terraces of Darjeeling and on to the glaciers of the Himalayas and the great peak of Kanchendzonga, the highest mountain in India.'

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