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KARAN HASIJA

PORTFOLIO 2015-2019


NAME: Karan Hasija DATE OF BIRTH: 20/02/1997 RESIDENCE: Bangalore, India EMAIL: hasija.karan@gmail.com PHONE: +91 8095185224 INSTAGRAM: karanhasija

PURPOSE

Having known that Architecture was the career I wanted to pursue from a young age, I enrolled into an Architectural Course right after school. The course at first was overwhelming and intimidating, however, after four years, I can confirm that it has been the sole reason for the person I am today; an architecture student with an undying passion for a better future. I believe that architecture is more than the building and has the power to shape the way we live, rather than just where we live.

INTERESTS

EDUCATION 2001- Frank Anthony Public School, Bangalore

PHOTOGRAPHY - Travel and Street - Won multiple events at an inter-school level, between 2011 and 2015. WRITING - Attended an Architectural Writing workshop conducted by WEVID, Bangalore.

2008- National Public School, Koramangala, Bangalore

ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Attended a month long course on entrepreneurship conducted by MyCaption WATCHMAKING - DESIGN - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CULINARY ARTS - REAL ESTATE

Graduated from NPS, Koramangala.

2015

Scoring 94.8% in the Science stream.

Admitted to a Bachelor of Architecture at RV COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, BANGALORE

2020- Will graduate from RV College of Architecture, Bangalore

SKILLSET

GENERAL - Communication - English - Hindi - Presentation - Oration - Debate - Initiative

SKILLSET

TECHNICAL - Autocad - Sketchup - Rhinorceros - Adobe Suite - Office - Vray


CONTENTS

SEMESTER 5 Pg 1-8

UN::BUILDING THE URBAN PARK

SEMESTER 7 Pg 9-17

NARRATORIUM ON ST. MARKS ROAD

SEMESTER 6 Pg 18-25

SCHOOL OF ARTS, BANGALORE


UN::BUILDING THE URBAN PARK


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT 


The site is located on Kasturba Road in Bangalore. Kasturba Road is a thoroughfare between two very important nodes in the city. The road had a very strong cultural character which has now been lost due to increasing commercial and business activities. It houses three very important museums, these include, The Vishweshwaraya Technological Museum, The Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Karnataka Government Museum. Another very important aspect of this site is the location of Bangalore city’s largest park, Cubbon Park. Cubbon Park has been an important element in the urban fabric of the city since the days of colonisation. Looking at the context, it is seen that there are two distinct types of functions taking place. First there is the park, which doesn’t demand a function from the user. Then there are the museums which demand a function from the user and are visited only when required. So to create a balance between the two I propose the idea of an Urban Park. However, the word park refers to its functionality and its spatial quality rather than its visual appearance of lush greenery.

In a context where the ‘built’ defines the ‘unbuilt’, is it possible to capture the essence of the ‘unbuilt’ in the ‘built’?

Program The program provided is a Mind Centre, a centre for ART, LITERATURE AND MUSIC. The spaces to be included are a library, an exhibition space, stores for art and literature, workshops which cater to the needs of the immediate surrounding as well as other areas. The music part of the building requires recording rooms and jam rooms. Other support areas have also been provided.

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SOLID EDGE




BLURRED EDGE

THOROUGHFARE 1 SKIN, this idea would fail as it would create an enclosure that would defeat the purpose of a park.

MOVEMENT THROUGH FUNCTION

2 PLANES, two planes divide the public and private functions, again defeating this idea of free flowing movement through the space.

Void as movement rather than left over space.

3 ROOF, this would help create the sense of movement through one large volume without interrupting the free flowing movement inside as well as from the outside. 1

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CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT This is a project which realises itself in the third dimension. The pictures of the model depict the light quality present in the space in addition to the balance/contrast between the intimate and the public. Also, the open ended characteristic is what gave the building its name,

UN::BUILDING. THE URBAN PARK.


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT

PLAN AT GROUND LEVEL

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BUILT MOVEMENT

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The diagram shown above depicts the idea of

MULTIPLICITY in the plan and through the spaces.


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT


NARRATORIUM

on St. Marks Road, Bangalore


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT The site is located on St. Marks Road, in the CBD of Bangalore. St. Marks Road is an important arterial road connecting MG Road to Residency Road, over time the road has attained its own importance apart from being an arterial road, it houses some of the most important landmarks of the city. The site earlier housed India Garage, which was one of the cities first motor garages. However, due to increasing land values and high capitalisation, the historic structure was pulled down, this gave us the opportunity to look at the site as a space for cultural activity, in the heart of the city. With new initiatives taken up by the government to refurbish the hardscape of this portion of the city, the pedestrian movement has also increased, hence giving us another opportunity to blur the boundary between the outside and the inside and look at the site as a community.

 


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT The program given was that of a Narratorium, a narratorium is a space that tells stories. These stories are told through performance, visual and literary arts, hence broadly categorising the Narratorium as a Cultural Centre.

Once the functions were given, an interesting observation was made, the functions can be categorised into three, based on their spatial state or type of architecture.

ARTISTS

PERMANENT ARCHITECTURE PERMANENT FUNCTION

Permanent materials and are built to purpose.

PERMANENT ARCHITECTURE TEMPORARY FUNCTION

Permanent materials and can accommodate varying functions.

TEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE TEMPORARY FUNCTION

ARTISTS

FAMILIES TRAVELLERS INDIVIDUALS STUDENTS

Temporary and flexible, don’t have a specific function.

STUDENTS

TOURISTS

LOCALS

USER GROUP

-LIBRARY -ART STUDIOS -CAFETERIA -RESIDENCES -ADMIN -PERMANENT GALLERIES -AUDITORIUM

-DANCE STUDIO -DRAMA STUDIO -CLASSROOMS -WORKSHOPS -SEMINAR HALL -STORES -RENTABLE SPACES -TEMPORARY GALLERIES

-WORKSHOPS -OUTDOOR EVENT SPACES -OPEN AIR THEATRE -PAVILLIONS -PLAZAS -INTERACTION SPACES -CONGREGATION SPACES

The above study was done to identify the user group based on the functions and then a mapping was done to which of the three categories would have the highest density, based on the diagram it is evident that the temporary architecture - temporary function would be the most dense and hence, it has been given the highest importance in the project.


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT The Narratorium can be approached in two ways:

This take on the idea of the narratorium and the program gave rise to the idea of TRANSIENCE which is the temporality of a building like this.

1. The Narratorium tells a story. 2. The Narratorium houses a story or houses multiple stories. (Selected Approach)

TRANSIENCE doesn’t only represent the constantly changing, it also represents the point of change, the point at which you transition, this point must be accentuated.

OUTSIDE TO INSIDE

THE IN/BETWEEN

LINES

1. The building tells a singular story, it is fixed, but the path can be varied.

PLANES

THE PLAZA

VOLUMES

THE PLAZAS are the two points that act as the ever changing landscape, within a framework.

REHEARSAL SPACE DRAMA STUDIO

DANCE STUDIO

THE PAVILION PERMANENT GALLERIES

2. The building provides a framework for stories of various forms and size, where the path and function vary, creating a sense of TRANSIENCE.

BOOKSTORE

SCHEMATIC SECTION

ARTIST RESIDENCES

TEMPORARY GALLERIES

CAFE

THE PAVILION is the. Introduction to the story being told, and the multiple pavilions facilitate the transience because of their temporality.


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT DANCE AND DRAMA STUDIOS

MASS

SPLIT

ELEVATED PATH SUSPENDED FROM BUILDING STRUCTURE BECOMES THE UNIFYING ELEMENT GALLERIES

ROOF + STRUCTURE DESIGNED TO BRING IN NORTH LIGHT

WORKSHOPS

SPLIT

FUNNEL

ARCHIVE

LIBRARY

SITE

SPLIT

PUSH


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT

ST. MARK

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SITE PLAN

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CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT - SECTION B-B’


SCHOOL OF ARTS, BANGALORE


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT 


CONTEXT The site is located in the dense neighbourhood of Koramangala in Bangalore. The area is famous for being the belly of the city, there are bars and restaurants at every foot, making it the quintessential ‘millennial’ neighbourhood. The site is surrounded by two iconic educational institutes of the city, St. John’s Medical College on the south and Jyothi Nivas College on the west. These factors contribute to making the surroundings of the site extremely lively, hence making it the perfect place for students. The site, program, context and demographic co-exist and work symbiotically, providing the perfect environment for learning. PROGRAM The program given was of an ART SCHOOL, which taught applied arts, visual arts and graphic arts. This would require large studios and workshops in addition to classes for seminars. The program also included a small public element which addressed the density of people around the site.

STAFF + STUDENTS

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GRAPHIC ARTS

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VISUAL ARTS

ROOMS

APPLIED ARTS

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CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT | PART 1 - SITE BASED 


ART AS A SOCIAL ACCELERATOR The front edge of the site becomes a public plaza/lung space which in turn becomes a place to exhibit art and also discuss it. For the campus, this plaza acts as a gateway to the outside.

IDEA TO EXPERIENCE

INTERFACE

The ground level is open to public making it interesting for a visitor to see the art first as a product and then walk through the process of its making.

The existing vegetation on site helps define interfaces. Most of the trees are grouped in such a way that they form an enclosure, based on the location of this enclosure, its function is decided.

WORK - DISCUSS - EXHIBIT A work of art remains an idea till it is ‘discussed’, and only when it is viewed or exhibit does it become more than an idea and becomes as stated earlier a social accelerator.

DENSITY The site is located in an urban area of the city, the edge opposite the site entrance is extremely dense, by providing the frontage of the site as a “lung” space or plaza it is possible to break this density and also at some point contribute to it.

PUBLIC - PRIVATE The site being in a dense urban situation gives back by opening the ground level to the public, hence connecting the outside or the public to the world of art and vice versa.


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT | PART 2 - FORM BASED

MASS

1. Dispersed blocks with front edge acting

as strong public element.

2.

Larger blocks formed which increase open spaces and hence address public aspect.

FUNCTION

WRAP

3.

Private functions come together to form one larger mass with interior spaces which create varying interfaces.

4.

The curve introduced creates a more free flowing form which is more in conjunction with art as compared to the solid edge.

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The curve becomes more defined and helps create a sense of enclosure. The curves become a means of discovery as compared to the lines.

SITE + STRUCTURE

The curves help create enclosures of different scales, this does not happen only on the ground level or in the curve. This varying scale and sense of enclosure can be felt on all levels. The idea of the interface is also achieved through the curves, this can be seen when there is an overlap of the curves, the slight offset helps create intimate working spaces or spaces of contemplation for students of art.


CONTEXT | PROGRAM | APPROACH | DEVELOPMENT - SCHEMATIC SKETCHED SECTION

STAFF AND ADMIN

CO-WORKING SPACE

STUDENT +TEACHER INTERACTION

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ART GALLERY AND EXHIBIT

JURY SPACE

STUDIOS

LIBRARY


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PLAN AT GROUND LEVEL

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PUBLIC PLAZA, HOUSING TEMPORARY ART EXHIBITS, FOOD STALLS, EXHIBITIONS AND SANTES

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EVENT SPACE (INTERNAL EVENTS)

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ARCHIVE AND EXHIBITION PLANNING AREA

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ADDITIONAL EVENT SPACE

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STUDENT HOUSING

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PARKING

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SCULPTURE YARDS

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KITCHEN

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CAFE

10. ART GALLERY AND SPACE FOR TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS 11. LIBRARY 12. NICHES PROVIDED, WHICH CAN HOUSE STALLS OR CAN BE USED BY STUDENTS FOR INTERACTION


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