Spatializing Memories

Further development of the house meant for my parents, my brother and I, with the opportunity of providing a comfortable stay to my frequently visiting grandparents, has finally met with a draft that satisfies me. It takes off the initial pressure of thinking of each and every members liking and disliking in terms of the kind of spaces and volumes each preferred.

With the change in the orientation and size of the terrace on the -3M level, a new opportunity of having a terrace overlooking into a courtyard has emerged. These overlooking masses remind me of the description of my grandmothers ancestral home’s courtyards and terraces. The design feels like a recapitulation of the memories I wish to experience once again and translate them into a language that I aspire to learn, that is, Architecture. Thus, giving physical volume and form to certain activities by the development of appropriate spaces has helped spatialize something that only ever existed in a very nostalgic part of my brain.

The plans, sections and elevations allowed me to draft in layers such that minute details could be looked upon with caution. The exploded axonometric, the most fascinating to construct and to later look at, has certainly been the highlight of my week. It allowed me to not just volumetrasize my drawings but also helped me achieve a sense of perspective. It further supported my study of charcoal sketches, drawn to bring out the nature of inhabitation of certain chosen spaces. The process of making the physical model felt more real and made me feel like I was actually constructing the house in the way in which it would be built in reality. When gravity and cleanliness of the white material I was using came into picture after moving from the digital to the physical model, the experience of making a 3-dimensional model totally changed for the better. The neighborhood map places the house in a larger context, allowing it become one with the community.

Such a long process followed in this module has certainly made me more sensitive to not just design, but also the means of representation. Such a long list of methods, was intimidating of course, but it helped me engage with the design, the emotions I wished it to harbor and the memories I wanted it to foster, with the greatest clarity possible.

Seventeen iterations were created over the span of this module (not to forget the innumerable rough sketches in the back of my journal), each with its highs and lows. These now compiled into a GIF have become the second most fascinating thing to look at. But keeping the fascination aside, it shows how the design and its representation in multimedia have changed my approach to the studio for a much better and healthier one.

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