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Individuality and Institution
Children learn in a variety of places and in a variety of ways. NEEV School is designed to take into account the multiplicity of interactions children have with their learning spaces and the actors within such spaces–be it teachers, classmates, staff, seniors and juniors.

From secluded viharas to “connected” classrooms
“Again and again one finds oneself addressing paradoxes that can be resolved primarily through spatial means, such as how to enable young people to focus on just one thing, while at the same stimulating their curiosity by drawing attention to the richness of their surroundings.”
– Herman Hertzberger, Schools of Herman hertzberger, Abram de swaan

“There is only one method by which to attain knowledge, that which is called concentration.”
– Swami Vivekananda

Spaces for human relationships

A large part of childhood development is learning to navigate socially. Schools are formative sites for interactions that are both formal and informal, one-on-one or in groups, each as educationally rewarding and necessary as the other. Classrooms that open into large common spaces, help facilitate different kinds of interactions between students, teachers, schoolmates, staff and visitors that are integral to learning. The built environment supplements this open and fluid space by providing furniture and play equipment that can be oriented in multiple ways to suit different needs. These spaces encourage students to actively engage with the fabric of their school, and activates kinaesthetic and spatial learning. In addition to enabling different kinds of learning, the school itself lends itself as a structure that could be played with, consciously used and changed and ultimately, learned from.

 

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Pavilions provided the transition between rooftop spaces, sky and the landscape at times they were also part of the royal terraces.They also provided a sense of relief in dense urban neighborhoods, a space for multiple events and a symbolic identity.

Pavilion inside the fort madura built by Tirumala nayak, the print was painted and produced by Thomas and William Daniell’s in 1798 as part of their collection ‘Oriental Scenery’.

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SECRET VILLAGE

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life alludes to the inter connectedness of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common decent in the evolutionary sense invoking a balance in the cycle of life.

The perfect balance
Physical illustrations of balance (equal air pressure) on the inside as well as the outside.

Self Similarity
A self-similar object is exactly or approximately similar to a part of itself i.e. the whole has the same / similar shape as one or more of the parts.

Self Similarity in Nature
Because no element can be coerced to follow a certain path, no large number of elements in nature will display the exact same pattern as another group. Patterns caused by large numbers of elements are alike but never the same.

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ORIENT HORIZON RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOOD

Aesthetics of incomplete has often been celebrated throughout Asian subcontinent at times through meditative approaches of Wabi-Sabi and at times through comprehensive list of expressions defined by Rasas . Conceptually it was an exercise in finding contemporary expression for time tested and celebrated spaces that responded not only to the cities and immediate context but also to absence and wilderness within manicured morphologies. Structures like Pavilions and Jarokhas have been long part of building traditions and often acted as a window to the city.

The main question we asked was when we are building tall structures can we reconstitute the way they respond to the city.

The Earth – the imperfect 

Without a speck of dust being raised,
the mountains tower up,
without a single drop falling,
the streams plunge into the valley.
– An Ode to the Dry Landscape by Muso Soseki (1275-1351)

The Sky – the impermanence 

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DESTINATION MALL

Through the ages transition spaces and market spaces have been symbiotic and inseparable in nature

The ideal mix
Space planning should cater to diverse needs. To be seen as destination for all, it will have to have an ideal mix of activities.

How you showcase your brand is one of the most crucial parts of retail design. There has been considerable evolution since the days of glazed arcades and crowded bazaars.

“On an average 60-70% of the space in retail stores is a sales floor and 20-30% is storage and services. Approximately, 7% of store area goes in front display.”

Design Factors

o The entrance ways
o The car parks
o The flow of people
o The places where people stop and congregate
o The larger anchor tenants: type and location
o Standards of signage
o Lighting internally
o Transport to and from the property
o The tenants that seem more successful than others
o The tenants that seem to feed customers off each other
o The amount of time that people spend at the shopping centre
o The busier days for customer shopping

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Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy

In all Indian languages, the word for pilgrimage contains the root for “to go”, “to move” – yatra

To move is to transform
In our design process, we tried to explore this idea of movement/journey: both the physical path of the spectator within the site and also the intangible experience/journey through spectating.

On a more technical front, we’ve taken into consideration environmental context–studied the incidence of solar radiation, temperature and rainfall data, and particularly the tree-rich site’s role in providing succor/relief from a building-dense residential neighbourhood.

 

 

“The act of pilgrimage/Journey serves as a bridge between the known realm of the earth, nature, society, and the unknown world of divine beings, from the ephemeral and illusory to reality and eternity.”
Richard Lannoy

It is these journeys where the real theatre unfolds, beyond familiarity in to the maze of abstract relationships

From Natyashastra to poetics the ideal performance space has been ever-changing at times changing with the art of storytelling and at times changing the art of story telling theatre studies.

Suchitra Cultural academy proposes a film school, offering programs spanning major aspects of film making. It includes specialized spaces for production such as edit suites, sound studio, animation studio, drama studio and so on. In future the Academy would also act as a platform for inter-disciplinary dialogue between various creative fields to support emerging talents and collaborations.
Keeping all this in mind the proposed program consists of a comprehensive outline of space requirements.

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LIGHTHOUSE AT RHENIUS STREET

Why Lighthouse?

Cities icon to showcase Artistic excellence
A place for alternate viewpoints
Space to perform & promote

To create an “Alternate Star

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“C’est pas nous qui sommes à la rue, c’est la rue qui est à nous”

This literally means, We don’t belong to the street, it’s the street that belongs to us – figuratively. We are not merely a reflection of our environment, rather environment is the reflection of us.
Lighthouse illuminates – symbolizes moving forward
In historical context – “तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय” – Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya – “from darkness to Light” – Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upanishad

 

Lighthouse is for?
A performance platform for varied activities
A reference hub
A startup destination
A place for business in creative fields
A place to showcase

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VALMIKA OFFICE TOWER

Ants never cease to amaze us.

They navigate the world with internal pedometers.

They can build a life raft in 100 seconds flat.

And, further demonstrating the remarkable powers of de-centralized intelligence.

They are capable to tunnel into the earth and produce sprawling underground colonies, structures equivalent to humans building the Great Wall of China.

 

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TEA HOUSE – SKF HEADQUARTERS

The idea is to create a green futurustic space incorporating fabric like skin tying up all the spaces

Tea culture as inspiration
The SKF Headquarters takes inspiration from a traditional tea house– where nature and built environments harmonize and reinforce each other to create space that is meditative, quiet, layered and fluid, like the practice and experience of drinking tea.

The Art, Science and Trade of Tea
“Tea tempers the spirit and harmonizes the mind; dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness”
Lu Yu, The Sage of the Tea

“The first bowl sleekly moistened throat and lips,
The second banished all my loneliness
The third expelled the dullness from my mind,
Sharpening inspiration gained
from all the books I’ve read.
The fourth brought forth light perspiration,
Dispersing a lifetime’s troubles through my pores.
The fifth bowl cleansed ev’ry atom of my being.
The sixth has made me kin to the Immortals.
This seventh…
I can take no more.”
– Lu Tung, Chinese Poet

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EXPERIENCE BANGALORE

Experience Bengaluru is a dynamic space which focuses on the visions and realities of cities.
Concentrating Bengaluru, it will create an evolving repository of various urban practices around the world that will inform the shaping of Bengaluru in a better way.

How does one experience a city,and how does another? what does one want a city to be, and what does another?

“If an image is to have value for orientation in the living space, it must have several qualities. It must be sufficient, true in a pragmatic sense, allowing the individual to operate within his environment to the extent desired. The map, whether exact or not, must be good enough to get one home.”
Kevin Lynch
Image of the city

The city as a whole

“If we consider these globally networked spaces of centrality as platforms for global operations of firms and markets, we might ask what components of these platforms are contained within a given city-region. Finally, it is noteworthy that these platforms cut across national boundaries. They are amalgamations of specific sub-national geographic spaces but also transnational electronic spaces.”
Saskia Sassen
Urban India understanding the maximum city

WHAT makes a METROCITY ?

The city is not a singular entity,it is a complex chemistry of many aspirations and actions. The mapping of a city should be
able to reflect this complexity in its most explicit nature and therefore aN open ended model is essential to represent the city.

Yantra

Yantra is an exhibit mapping Bengaluru through various lenses and scales creating a composite guide to
experience the city. It will be made of various models, screens, objects and dioramas.

Layered City

“The space in which we live, which draws us out of ourselves, in which the erosion of our lives. our time and our history occurs, the space that claws and gnaws at us, is also, in itself, a heterogeneous space. In other words, we do not live in a kind of void, inside of which we could place individuals and things. We do not live inside a void that could be colored with diverse shades of light, we live inside a set of relations that delineates sites which are irreducible to one another and absolutely not superimposable on one another.”
Michel Foucault. Of Other Spaces (1967), Heterotopias.

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