Steps Of Knowledge

Community School; Munsiyari, Uttarakhand, India

The intension is to design place based on traditional learning in open, amidst natural environment. Learning space where students’ feel connected to their natural habitat. A place where they love to come, play and learn life skills.

Steps derived from natural contours, descending in east; towards Mountain View brings much needed day light and warmth. A school without boundaries & un-programed spaces which encourages spontaneous, organic & intuitive behavior. Learning happens anywhere (open or closed space) based on time and season. Site can easily be used for various community activities like festivals, meetings, vocational trainings, medical camps etc.

The place is to be made with help of local craft/skills & techniques, using local wood (Banj wood) and stone (Bhatti stone). Class rooms made of wood gives insulation against cold temperature. Rooms have glass ceiling with retractable roof which can be opened or closed based on weather conditions. Slits in wooden wall with pivoting colored panels, allows for cross ventilation and adds to playfulness. Wind mill generated energy will be used for lighting during dark hours.

 

Food Circle

Blue Zinger: Destination along the route; Near Virpur, Rajkot – Porbandar Highway

When driving from point A to point B, the intermediate stops are barely important and are used for a short duration of time. Breaking away from this notion, the program and design of ‘Food Circle’ encapsulate the idea of creating a ‘destination’ en route NH-8 to demote fatigue driving. It offers a refreshing break for travelers as well as a vibrant hangout space for people living in nearby towns.  

An inclined metal cylinder rises from the ground creating a simple yet striking form. This cylinder is divided into two halves. One half houses an indoor food court whereas the second half is open to sky; where an outdoor seating area gets activated during evenings. A rectilinear transparent block, inserted into the cylinder, houses cafe and restaurant that are independent of the food court. 

This juxtaposition of forms creates a condition that brings variation in spatial quality, light, volume and scale of spaces. This variation opens up possibilities of multiple activities, catering to locals as well as travelers making it a ‘destination’ along the route.

H for House; Ahmedabad

Nature is the ultimate luxury in an urban setup. Being connected with nature is vital to one’s health and wellbeing. The H house is developed with vision of a space for living close to nature while offering all the convenience of a modern city home.

The house is configured in the shape of alphabet H, with one linear block accommodating the formal areas and the other one accommodating the more private, informal areas of the house. The connecting bay between these two blocks is a courtyard that also houses the vertical circulation. The depth of site allows for both linear blocks to slide away in opposite directions to maximize exposure to landscape, so that each internal space is in dialogue with external green space.

The house is pushed to western edge of the site, allowing more space to the East for a large green area. Dense plantation on the western edge ensures privacy and sound insulation from the school on the adjoining plot. To further reduce heat gain from the West, all utilities and storage areas are placed along the western wall.

House With Multiple Courts; Ahmedabad

The house is divided into separate areas based on activities and privacy requirements. These areas then are carefully organised around different courts. The house looks inwards, has a very private feel to it and all the spaces overlook and benefit from the precious piece of nature that it holds within. The changing seasons, the dawn and the dusk, the rains and the spring are all captured and one lives amidst.

Layered House; Adipur

The idea is to reinterpret traditional houses with verandah, in a modern avatar. Proposed residence sits on a long amalgamated plot posing challenge to design 5 bed room house which is humble & compliments human scale so that the feeling of being connected to all parts is there.

Deep linear verandah on north side brings all living areas together and provide all weather outdoor living space. This verandah becomes a mediator & connector between outdoor and indoor spaces and is the most vibrant & active place of residence.

Building mass is broken into separate segments and then bought together in layers giving it human scale in spite of its size.

Interlocking House; Gandhidham
Container Office Building; Gandhidham
Dream Arise; Ahmedabad
Comfort Inn Hotel; Ahmedabad
Adarsh Hospital, KIRC Campus; Kalol

Adarsh Hospital is a multi-disciplinary teaching hospital set with-in 5 acres of lush green education campus in Kalol. It is accompanied by various medical branches like Ayurveda, homeopathy, nursing, dentistry etc.

The intent was to design a state of the art medical facility that provides clean, well ventilated spaces with maximum natural light. Segregation of different areas, easy navigation and easy maintenance were prime important considerations while designing the hospital.

Since the hospital is set in the context of an existing education campus, the façade incorporates features of adjacent buildings. It reflects the surroundings while boosting its own identity among multiple buildings on the campus.