…the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.Gaston Bacheloard
We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. …by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.
…the house is one of the greatest powers of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind. The binding principle in this integration is the daydream. Past, present and future give the house different dynamisms, which often interfere, at times opposing, at others, stimulating one another. In the life of a man, the house thrusts aside contingencies, its councils of continuity are unceasing. Without it, man would be a dispersed being… And always, in our daydreams, the house is a large cradle.
Poetics of Space
MODULE 2, DESIGN BRIEF 2: RE-MEMBERING A NEW BEGINNING
DURATION: 2 WEEKS SCHEDULE: WEEKS 7 & 8; SEP’ 1ST to OCT’ 4TH TOTAL HRS: 70
PEER REVIEW: PR3  UNIT REVIEW: MID-TERM REVIEWS  REFLECTIVE HRS: 5
Having developed a personal brief and the arrival at a program & images for a new childhood home, we proceed to discover the possibilities of its architecture.
The exercise scheduled for the fortnight – Beginnings of Our Home – involves deliberations on the possible configurations for a new architecture to accommodate your 9-year-old self and family & cohabitants from those years. The primary tools of exploration will be orthographic drawings and models.
The process will be interspersed with conversations with tutors and peers and iterations of the work as per feedback and insights.
There will be two reviews for this brief: a Peer Review on the Monday of the second week of the brief and the Mid-Term Reviews – following the fortnight-long engagement – on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th October. Works from previous briefs of the second module as well as the first module will also be revisited during the mid-term reviews with guest reviewers.
Regular update of the Reflective Blog on ar2031.in is a mandatory requirement of the studio. You may choose to blog daily or weekly; however, run a group reading session on the draft before posting.
Reference outputs shared in the brief are only suggestive.
EXERCISE: Finding the Beginnings of Our Home
Medium: Freehand or Digitally/ Manually Drafted Orthographic Drawings (Plans & Sections) and Color-Coded Conceptual Models in Acrylic or Pigmented Clear-Wax or Glycerin/ Soap Cuboids
Scale: 1:100 Format: A3
You may occupy upto 50% of the pit; however, the built and the open can be intertwined – i.e. the 50% is cumulative (when added together) and not consolidated (together as one).
Since this is a house, it needs to accommodate mundane cycles of washing, bathing and excretion. Living areas too need to accommodate leisure, work, physical & spiritual wellbeing and rest. How central or peripheral are cooking and dining? Do they belong to service areas or qualify as living spaces?
Growing out of the secret place, the house can emerge from the pit to become a three-storey structure. However, the room(s) abutting the entrance edge can either have walls or a roof but not both.
Deliberate on the growth of your secret place into a home of your childhood. Can the simple spatial configuration grow into the house as it is or will the parts have to move or transform? Or will some parts have to be removed, pressing the process to answer ‘What is essential?’
Explore schematic architectural configurations of the house in plans, sections and models. While you may entertain your thoughts as they venture into details, keep bringing your focus back to the larger gestures, positions and relationships of spaces. How do we accord certain attributes to spaces without always building, but through configuration of the positions and relationships and choreographing the movement between? What does stacking allow and what does it not?
The exercise outlined in this brief is intended to elicit responses to the following questions:
- How is the creative process informed by experiences and memories?
- What is the relationship between body, memory, emotion and space?
- How do we inhabit space?
With diligent and intense engagement with the exercises, it should become possible to:
- Recognizethe relationship between body, memory, feeling and space
- Analyze the context of a project in terms of Inhabitation, Spatial Experience, Components and Hierarchies
- Evaluate the transformation/ growth/ expansion in contextual parameters
- Formulate a conceptual framework to aid design processes
- Apply a kit of parts which include elements and dimensional modules for designing spaces
Besides documenting the processes and recording its highs & lows, it’s necessary to reflect on the questions & learning outcomes mentioned above and include consequent deliberations in the Reflective Blog.