(And what makes it so popular today?)
The integrated enclave is a concept in urban planning that is becoming increasingly popular all over the world.
A self-contained urban neighbourhood
In essence, an integrated enclave forms a self-contained urban neighbourhood—by combining residential, social, business and commercial zones within a single enclave.
Each zone is exclusive to itself: set in its own separate area, with well-monitored entrance and exit points. Together, the different zones form a cohesive, convenient and connected urban space…offering a range of modern services and facilities that are easily accessible. Infrastructure is created to provide a high quality of life for all enclave users.
Typically, such an enclave would be truly self-contained: with apartments, stores, offices, leisure and entertainment facilities, parks and gardens. Depending on the complexity of the project, an enclave could even have its own school or hospital.
Forming a pocket of orderly development, an integrated enclave offers an escape from a world of chaos into an organised and well-managed world that has been created based on the best practices of modern town planning.
Why the 'density' of the enclave is good for you
According to modern urban planners, dense, mixed-use neighborhoods are the key to the health and survival of cities and communities. Density provides critical mass. It means good stores and services. It reduces dependency on cars and public transport, thereby creating friendly, 'walkable' neighbourhoods. And it encourages street life and activity, which, in turn, facilitate safety.
It is also a source of strength and power. All residents and users have a stake in the quality of life within the enclave. The sheer numbers mean that:
- All stakeholders have a voice in the maintenance and running of both their zones and common areas.
- All stakeholders feel empowered to get involved in decisions regarding the functioning of their zones and common areas.
- A large, common pool of funds are available for top-quality maintenance.
When you are in an enclave, you are part of a clean and controlled environment. You enjoy privacy and security…and easy access to important conveniences. Shielded from the stresses and strains of daily city life, you can have a quality of life that is hard to get otherwise.
We introduced Bangalore to a luxury called enclave...
Incidentally, we were the pioneers of integrated enclaves in Bangalore. We created our first enclave, Brigade Residency in Banashankari, over 15 years ago. It was a successful prototype of enclaves to come. With time, our enclaves grew in size and complexity…from simple neighbourhoods to integrated, multi-use developments. The 5-acre Brigade Residency was a pre-cursor to the benchmark-setting Brigade Gardenia and Brigade Millennium enclaves, which transformed South Bangalore. And now we are in the process of completing two even bigger enclave projects, both covering 40 acres: Brigade Metropolis and Brigade Gateway. You can find out more about them in the links to the right.