Sharing Traditions

Time problems have always been an exciting method to put away the stress of overthinking and trust my instincts and the process fully. In return, my work has pleased me in a way that has not only motivated to work better but also opened up my senses to newer means of approaching my work.

This weeks time problem did exactly the same for me. Actually, it excited me much more due to a little twist in the design process. We as students were meant to pick up a fellow studio-mates design and propose an institutional design in the childhood home that had been worked on for over a month. consequently the design was quite unfamiliar and intimidating at first. But the assignment felt so much like a project, it felt so real, as if I were designing in the real world where the amount of things that existed and were to be thought of while designing were tremendous and everything was to be based off of it.

Exploded Axonometric View of the Proposed Design

Thus began my little research on what the neighborhood was like, what the family living in this childhood home was like and what the community required. The existence of various temples in the neighborhood gave me a starting point for the program I wished to propose. Since the neighborhood is located in Ahmedabad, I wished to also link it with its khadi and textile industry. The temple seemed to me as the first customer and the promoter of this small home-based handloom workspace. This would also promote local culture and provide job opportunities to local artisans. In addition to this workspace, A workshop space was also designed so that handloom workshops could be held for people to learn more about this jewel of an art. Thus, the program automatically acquired certain programmatic spaces such as a workspace, workshop, exhibition area and terraces.

A potential gathering of such a number of people would be enriched much further by making people stay for longer and interact with each other, the artisans and the family members. Thus emerged the idea of opening up the kitchen and the dining to the institution by making it the threshold between the home and the institution. This also helped to create job opportunities to cooking enthusiasts.

The idea of split levels proposed by Maitri supported this concept. By changing the orientation of one flight of the staircase, I was able to use the split such that functions were divided just enough, volumes became an interesting architectural element in themselves and yet there was always a sense of fluidity of spaces due to half a flight of staircases between them.

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