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 donâ€™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.
psychological Sustainable living is
developing & balancing the 3 facultiesâ€Ś
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.
3 m wide path way
9 m wide road
9 m wide road
Proposed Site for office
Existing Architect’s Residence
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
Evolution of form…… Temp.site office
Schematic sketch for connecting the structure
Studio Ground level
Direct contact Computer room
Schematic Section for Space division in 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
Wind and Rain shadow and Comfort zone
9M WIDE ROAD SAND PIT
STUDIO 5.77X5.83 +0.30m LVL
-0.60M LVL -1.65M LVL
COMPUTER ROOM 6.50X5.32
A R C H I T E C T’S
ARCHITECTS CABIN 6.59X4.94
LOUNGE -1.65M LVL
9M WIDE ROAD
LOTUS POND RAIN WATER HARVESTING
RAIN WATER HARVESTING
ENT, TO LAYOUT
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.
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 120â€™,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 systemsâ€” 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 ancestorâ€™s technologyâ€Ś 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!!!
GROUND LEVEL STUDIO LVL
+0.75 M.LVL SUMP
NORTH SIDE ELEVATION
STUDIO ROOM -0.30M LVL
RECEPTION +7.27M 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 outâ€Ś Hurrahâ€Ś Last minute checking in a physical model.
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
RB7,8 &9 RB6 RB9 RB4A
RB13 RB12A RB12A,15
"T" Joint : DETAIL AT 'B'
REFERENCE POINT (0.00M,0.00M)
6.4717 5.4160 4.0995 4.9488
RB5,5A,28,28A RB2,2A&7A RB3 RB9,12 RB3,7A
9.7113 8.0755 6.8991 5.8561 4.3759 3.0796 2.2361 1.7140 0.6532
1.4288 1.5784 2.2310 0.1890 0.2058
CENTER LINE ROOF PLAN FOR BAMBOO BEAMS
filling internodes with cement morter
RB2A RB MB2 1
3.3365 5.6553 4.2329
RB 19 C
A 28 RB
7 3.5814 RB2
C 22 RB
2.9873 4.4894 4.4642
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
A 5A 24 2 RB RB
A 26 RB
C 15 B R
RB 21 3.9605 B
B 22 RB
25 RB 6 2 RB
A 18 RB
A 14 RB
A 22 RB
24 RB 20 RB
Bolted Joint: crossing beam
RB 4A 4.8479 5.8481
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
A 12 RB
R3.7863 B1 3.2045 9
thread bolt curve this member to join other member
B 20 B R
filling internodes with cement morter
DETAIL AT 'A'
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
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 testingâ€Ś
Marking the roof linesâ€Ś
Traditional Style testing for the roof by the Workersâ€Ś
Testing the joints and the columnsâ€Ś
The Final roof assembling startsâ€Ś
The dancing columnsâ€Śin Synergy, almost off balance!!
All set to take the loadsâ€Ś
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 takeâ€Ś
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
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 landscapingâ€Ś
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 â€Ś