Architectural design | Basic Design
Architectural design 01| Architecture of Memories
Ar. Vidyashankar R | Julie Ann Tharakan
Aim of the studio was to understand relationships between the “built” and “unbuilt” and the elements that mould spaces with “human element” as the center. Keywords like – Light, Movement, Scale, Spirit of a place and sensory perceptions were the lens of enquiry of the studio.
Students were encouraged to develop their own narrations to express their understanding of a place – the unbuilt. Further explorations moved into the realm of explorations of the concepts of enclosure – built.
3 tasks for the studio included a trek to Chamundi Hill, designing a memorial and designing a dwelling place for a set of users.
The three tasks for the semester guided students to explore design principles as the studio added parameters like experience, site and user group.
Hiba Shireen M A
Tony Koshy Sam
Architectural design 02| Structure, Transformation, Skin, Scale, Light and Movement
R Kiran Kumar | Toshi Singh
This studio was based on the landmark essay by architect Stan Allen titled ‘Field Conditions’ which marks a slight deviation from the traditional concepts of architectural form toward a consideration of system, networks and inter-relationship between the parts that contribute toward creating a whole, thus creating a ‘field’. The essay emphasizes on the importance of the geometry of the interconnections of the parts rather than the geometry of the whole.
With this idea in mind, the studio was intended to be an exploration of six keywords extracted from the VTU syllabus – Structure, Transformation, skin, scale, light and movement. The exploration was accretive in nature on the core geometric scaffolding of three cubes (three different systems- solid, planes and edges). The final configuration of the parts (cubes) and their internal relationships was the outcome of the six assignments as intended. These six assignments were spread over 9 weeks leading to the Final Design Problem which was to design a single user space, in which the user could work as well as practice his hobby/ interests. The students were expected to explore the dual nature of spaces – formality/ informality, transparent/ opaque, visible/ invisible, built/unbuilt, cave/pavilion from the learning of the previous exercises.