City Market

City Market is a sensory explosion. Produce and bodies mingle, weaving in and out of every space in innumerable ways. Near the toilets on the west side, there lies garbage and coriander—a heady mix confronting your brain, one that you don’t know how to react to—repulsion at the garbage-sewage or gratitude that the dhaniya masked it, somewhat. You come away from City Market feeling like it was all too much—either wondrously all too much, or overwhelmingly too much. And you are right. There’s garbage, sewage, hawkers, carts, fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, paper, plastic recycling, implement shops, vendors, buyers, middlemen, stray dogs, cows in basements, and even history. Newer visitors to the market and its surrounding areas may find it hard to realize that here lies the origin of Bengaluru. The Pete first began as a two criss-crossing streets that expanded under various rulers, and was not only the commercial engine of the nascent town of Bangalore but also of military importance to its rulers. The Market sits on a battle site—a liminal space, and point of war between the British and Tipu (in his fort). To a large degree, the shape of the Pete can be traced still. It has expanded and diversified since then, although many of its traditions and communities remain behind, having evolved their occupations to suit more modern needs. Feasibility_KRmarket_122013_Page_02Feasibility_KRmarket_122013_Page_07   Now, K R market is surrounded by important transport hubs, and you need go no further than the image below to see how close it is to many important Bangalore landmarks. Feasibility_KRmarket_122013_Page_08 The Market itself is unevenly occupied—overcrowded on the lower levels and barely occupied in the upper two floors. Hawkers and garbage claim spaces that are left over, and they are not entirely to be blamed.

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The Market as it stands today doesn’t address the needs of its occupants and visitors, nor should it be expected to given the last renovation took place over a decade ago. Bangalore has changed immensely since then, and with it, the number and kinds of people who go to the Market. What we need now are new visions for our City Market. Visions that not only address its present, but also make space for a different future than we can imagine now, constrained as we are by memories of garbage and cobwebs.

City Market after all could one day look like this:

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Or this:

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Or all of these:

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All we’ve done is re-align traffic, clean up the thoroughfares, designate spaces for hawkers, and bolster the older buildings. We have some ideas about how we’d like the Market to shape up in the future–but let’s not look at them just yet. We’re still waiting for yours.

Neev School

 

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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FKCCI Centenary Pavillion

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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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.
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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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