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AR. NEELAM MANJUNATH AR. SANJITA HARWALKAR

MANASARAM ARCHITECTS , BANGALORE , INDIA.


BAMBOO SYMPHONY- MY Office!

My office had to represent all my Design Philosophies which I have been Preaching and Practicing !


Sustainability is the Real Definition of Architecture as per

Vastushastras , our most ancient treatise on Architecture ! I don’t find anything new in there. Only that we have forgotten the true meaning of Culture, Civilization ,Architecture etc . !? And Nature is reminding us of our true identity, that of its Caretaker and not its Owner.

Universe

Building

Man

Nature


psychological Sustainable living is

man spiritual

developing & balancing the 3 faculties‌

physical

Building with PHANCHMAHABHUTAS...

..the five elements of nature..


“I believe that a building is a living entity. It has to have a spirit and it should be felt like a living entity by the occupants ; for ever changing with the seasons, from spring to summer, to rainy season and so on.”

THE DESIGN STATEMENT “An architect is a Catalyst providing social and cultural stage sets for all human activities. Hence the magnitude of Responsibility on his/her shoulders is of staggering magnitude ! Hence a mix of RESPONSIBLE Creativity and CREATIVE Responsibility should determine the ARCHITECTURAL Character of any Building…”


My world of Bamboo !! Designing, Building, Research and Development, Paper presentations, Lectures , Training , Education and more.


THE STORY BEGINS…

I finished my House—’House of five elements’, at the same site in may, 2010 ; and was left with practically no money, some construction debris and lots of ideas to start building my OFFICE!


The Site – my starting point… The site for the office is in front of my house with 9m roads on two sides. And facing a 1 acre park on the Northern side.

park

3 m wide path way

9 m wide road

9 m wide road

Proposed Site for office

Existing Architect’s Residence

N


New generation material --Waste 1. Stone debris from Flooring available on site. 2. Ample soil for making earth blocks. 3. Wood and bamboo waste pieces. 4. Boulders and waste from the site and infrastructure development sites nearby.


Evolution of form…… Avoiding visual interruption to the view of the Green roof house

Site office

N

RWH Sump


Evolution of form…… Temp.site office

CONCEPTUAL FORM

Reception

RWH Sump

Schematic sketch for connecting the structure

N


Wind flow

Studio Ground level

Direct contact Computer room

Board Room

Schematic Section for Space division in office

Architect’s Cabin

RWH Sump

Temp.site office

* Visual connectivity in the office for free Communication among the staff…very Essential for Team work . • Quite and pleasant ambience for Creative work • Ample Natural light and ventilation- no fans ! • No lashing rain or winds, AS THERE ARE HAD TO BE MINIMUM DOORS AND WINDOWS IN THE BUILDING ?!

Wind & Rain shadow Comfort Zone

Reception

RWH Sump

Wind and Rain shadow and Comfort zone

Wind Direction

N


P ARK

9M WIDE ROAD SAND PIT

4.44

2.80

2.83X5.39

ENTRANCE

STUDIO 5.77X5.83 +0.30m LVL

-0.60M LVL -1.65M LVL

1.33

-0.75M LVL

DN

+0.15M LVL

0.45

-1.65M LVL

POND

HOUSE

3.22X5.39 LOBBY

COMPUTER ROOM 6.50X5.32

5.02 6.22

MEETING ROOM

3.27X3.27

A R C H I T E C T’S

+0.25 LVL

ARCHITECTS CABIN 6.59X4.94

0.53

Zen /Garden

ENT

1.80

7.77

LOUNGE -1.65M LVL

9M WIDE ROAD

0.90

9

9.5

1.55

RECEPTION

4.13

0.75

3.33

0.45

TRANSFORMER

RECHARGE WELL

BOREWELL

R3.85

-2.55M LVL

LOTUS POND RAIN WATER HARVESTING

A

SECURITY CABIN

RAIN WATER HARVESTING

0.45

-3.70M LVL

10.67

SECURITY CABIN

ENT, TO LAYOUT

BOUNDRHY WALL

N

PLAN


Services

Collecting roof top rain water and flowing it through water fall in the lotus pond for Rain Water Harvesting .

Electricity1.6KW Solar-Wind Hybrid installed with the grid Power Supply. In Future, we plan to install another 2kw pv to take care of the power requirement with grid as stand by.

Plan

For Water , we are 100% self sufficient with a 75,000 lts of RWH Sump to take care the year round . We have no external supply. We have a shallow bore of 120’,which we have been recharging and takes care of emergencies.

DEWAT System -We have separate lines for grey & black water with DEWATS treatment system of treating water naturally by planted gravel filter and we use it for flushing and Landscaping.


Ancient local wisdom Our traditional fishing Platforms and Bridges are excellent examples of Synergetic structural systems— simple technology, high science

In nature we find several example , like cobweb etc. The reason for their efficiency is homogenous load distribution, which efficiently leads to global Synchronization. Interestingly, the tensile strength of spider silk is greater than the same weight of steel and has much greater elasticity , just like Bamboo.


Trying out our ancestor’s technology‌ Working out the various permutation and combinations Of balancing the forces and taking them down to Mother earth. Options for various walls, joints etc.


The STRUCTURE of the building is its most unique feature. It is based on the model of SYNERGETIC structures. It was physically tested before concreting the roof. These types of structures are being made across the world with modern materials with high energy balance. Bamboo is the only Natural building material with lowest energy balance that can be used for these structures. The columns in BAMBOO SYMPHONY THOUGH LOOK HAPHAZARDLY PLACED HAVE DEFINITE POSITION, SIZE AND INCLINATIONS, i.e. are STRUCTURALLY RELEVANT, just like the highly evolved TECHNOLOGICAL LOGIC WE FIND IN NATURE!!!


RECEPTION

+-0.00 GLVL

GROUND LEVEL STUDIO LVL

+0.75 M.LVL SUMP

-1.65 M.LVL

NORTH SIDE ELEVATION

STUDIO ROOM -0.30M LVL

RECEPTION +7.27M LVL

-0.75M LVL

+-0.00 GLVL COMPUTER ROOM -0.60M LVL -1.65M LVL

CONFERENCE/LOBBY -0.65M LVL -2.10M LVL

SUMP PATHWAY -2.55M LVL

LOTUS POND -3.70M LVL

SOUTH SIDE ELEVATION


WEST SIDE ELEVATION

EAST SIDE ELEVATION


Finally we are able to get all the stresses balanced out‌ Hurrah‌ Last minute checking in a physical model.


2.0546

4.0373 4.2242 4.7561 5.3452 5.7696 7.4064 7.5461 8.8712 9.7311 10.5225 10.9867 11.4862 12.6528

1.5452 0.6607

RB5 RB2A,1

RB1 MB1,2,3&RB1

RB7,1 RB4A,5

RB5A,5,6,7,7a

RB7,8 &9 RB6 RB9 RB4A

RB28,10

RB7,10

RB11A,15,28,10

2.8241 0.9313

RB11,12

RB20B

RB13 RB12A RB12A,15

0.3611

1.0430

"T" Joint : DETAIL AT 'B'

REFERENCE POINT (0.00M,0.00M)

MB1

6.4717 5.4160 4.0995 4.9488

RB5,5A,28,28A RB2,2A&7A RB3 RB9,12 RB3,7A

0.6000 MB

1.5396

9.7113 8.0755 6.8991 5.8561 4.3759 3.0796 2.2361 1.7140 0.6532

2.4180 1.4297

1.4288 1.5784 2.2310 0.1890 0.2058

CENTER LINE ROOF PLAN FOR BAMBOO BEAMS

RB3,7A

RB7A,2

RB2,3,6A

RB1A,6A

RB28A,1A

RB5A,5B, RB28A,8&28A

RB9A,9 RB28A,28

RB5B,10A,12

RB9&14A

2.3651

filling internodes with cement morter

MB3

RB2A RB MB2 1

RB8

RB10A

RB

RB8A

RB11 A

RB10

RB11

RB13A

3.0563 5B

B

MB1,MB2&RB1

RB17

RB16 A

RB13B

RB17

RB16 B

RB23C

3.3365 5.6553 4.2329

RB 9

RB13

RB16

7 RB1

RB23

RB23A

RB23B

1.3135

5.3966

7A RB

1.4420

RB 19 C

R

A 28 RB

7 3.5814 RB2

7A RB2

C 22 RB

2.9873 4.4894 4.4642

4.9178

5.4329

2.5916

RB2A RB1 RB6,9A 4.2231 5.0994 2.7326 RB4A,5 5.3531 RB7,8,9A 5 RB1,2A,4 R13,15 RB6.2230 3.6966 RB RB14,14A,15,15A A 4 RB11,11A,12,12A 8.9737RB13,13A,14,14A 2.6397 A RB7,7A B5

RB6

A 5A 24 2 RB RB

A 26 RB

C 15 B R

3.2130

RB 21 3.9605 B

9 RB

5.1199

12 RB

3.8917 4.8282

B 22 RB

25 RB 6 2 RB

2.6875 1.7319

5.0186

A 18 RB

5.3353

A 14 RB

A 22 RB

24 RB 20 RB

0.9745

5.1084

4.6960

7 RB

1.6946

2.6516

Bolted Joint: crossing beam

0.3896

RB 4A 4.8479 5.8481

4.3119

RB 4.8666 19 3.2042 A A 4.4366 A 15 B R 10.5318 20 C RB 3.0480 5.2049 3.1391 RB 3.3045 B RB 19 15 21 B A RB 3.0974

RB 21

2.8183

15 RB

A 12 RB

4.3926 5.3811

4.0651

5.6279

4.3831 4.3170

14 RB

22 RB

4.4700

18 RB

R3.7863 B1 3.2045 9

0.1963

thread bolt curve this member to join other member

3.7492

B 20 B R

1.3864

1.9587

filling internodes with cement morter

DETAIL AT 'A'

EQEQ 3.2700

filling internodes with cement morter thread bolt

0.4685 1.0262 1.1347 2.2869 2.5236

thread bolt fish-mouth joint DETAIL AT 'C'

scale 1:40 2" DIA. MS Pipe 4" DIA. Bamboo

0.30

Ground level +/-0.00m lvl

1/4" clearence gap MS Cone cap Concrete grouting

Bamboo Coloumn Foundation Details

Plinth level +0.15m


Traditional Tension Structures The ROOF WAS ALLOWED TO DEFINE ITS OWN SHAPE AS PER THE FLOW OF THE FORCES -NATURALLY LIKE A FABRIC ASSUMING IT'S SHAPE. THESE STRUCTURES ARE HIGHLY EFFICIENT WITH MINIMAL MATERIAL USAGE.


Interior Layout Plan


Architect’s House Site Office DEWAT System

Borewell Construction starts --The laying out on a the site…… RWH UG Sump……


The 75,000 lts Rain Water Sump

Level change for demarketing spaces

Rain Water fed Water Garden


Assembling the roof, first with old bamboos for a full scale testing‌

Marking the roof lines‌


In progress‌


Traditional Style testing for the roof by the Workers‌


Testing the joints and the columns‌


The Final roof assembling starts‌


The dancing columns‌in Synergy, almost off balance!!


All set to take the loads‌


That’s the lean mean BEAM of the mighty bamboo… Talk about doing more with less !!??


The single Bamboo beams criss-crossing for homogeneous Distribution of loads.Look placed Randomly, are all numbered and labelled


Bamboo splits for reinforcement, Big risk to take‌


Thin

plastering over Bamboo splits for holding the concrete


Concreting over, time to wait and prey !


All is well ! Finishing , Flooring etc being done


Flooring from my MATERIAL Waste !


The Entrance… Reception ENTRANCE

WAITING AREA

B A

RECEPTION

C

STORAGE SPACE

FILE STORE

DN

ELEVATION A

ELEVATION B

locker

PLAN

WESTSIDE VIEW

ENTRANCE


HAND CRAFTED INTERIORS …

… by unskilled laborers!


Light pipe is created with sanitary pvc pipes.

Garden Lamp-post is made with pet-bottles & bamboo


Variety of grass available on site which is used for landscaping‌


An Eagle in flight, or a frozen river Or FROZEN MUSIC???


…We are all The Team for Bamboo Symphony


And now is the time for Celebration ‌


…with

BAMBOO SYMPHONY!!!


Journey through

Bamboo Symphony‌


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Bamboo Symphony  

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