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Architectural Design

PORTFOLIO Mohammed Mansoor Undergraduate 2009 - 2012


Mohammed Mansoor

#4651 3rd cross, Shivaji road, N.R mohalla, Mysore, Karnataka, India - 570007 (0091)-9740057800 Augmarena Blog

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*CV Personal Information

Soft Skills

Hard working\ Innovative\ Creative\ Imaginative\ Passionate\ Motivated\ Leadership\ Communicative\ Business Background.....

Professional Experience

Date of Birth - 31 March 1990 Place of Birth - Puttur (Dakshina kannada) Nationality - Indian Sex - Male

Private Residence | 140 m2| 2012| Commissioned. Private Residence | 80m2 |2011| Approved Private Residence | 100 m2| 2009| Completed Residence Interior | 100 m2| 2009| Completed Intern | Serie Architects | Dec 2012 - May 2013



The University school of Design| Mysore| India. B.Arch (2009 - Present)

G-sen (Redesign) Trophy 2011 - National Citation(1st place),

Mahajana Pre-University College| Mysore| India. 11th and 12th grade (2007 - 2009)

Design Trophy Zonasa-5 2011 - 2nd place, Design Trophy Zonasa-5 2010 - 1st place,

Baden Powell Public School| Mysore| India 1st to 10th grade (1997 - 2007)

Annual NASA Design Competition 2010 - Top 12 All India,



G-Sen Design Jury presentation at Annual NASA 2011 4th Sem Design Presentation at SIT - Tumkur 2011 3rd and 5th Sem design presented for RUBENS TROPHY at Annual NASA 2010 and 2011

G-sen 2011 Trophy Head and Won National Citation, Part of Design Team For Zonasa 2010 & 2011, Part of Design Team for G-Sen 2010, Part of Design team For Annual Nasa Design Competition 2010&2011,





Software skills Photoshop CS5.5 Illustrator CS5.5 InDesign CS5.5 Fireworks CS5.5 Premier Pro CS5.5 After Effects CS5.5 Microsoft Office 2010 Rhino 5.0 Grasshopper Autocad 2012 3ds Max 2012 Maya 2012 Sketchup 8.0 Revit Architecture 2012 Ecotect 2010 Showcase 2012 Sketchbook 2012 Artlantis 4.0 Kerkythea 2008 Mental Ray Processing

Other Skills Model making

(Styrofoam, Foam Board, Cardboard,Paper, Gypsum plaster, Metal)


(Pen and ink, Pencil)

Sketching (Conceptual, Finale) Language

“Man And Nature Are Not Two Different Entity, But Man Is A Part Of Nature And His Dependency Is Not Technology But Nature It Self.”

(English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada,Urdu, French) 90°

"Travelled extensively across India to understand various types of historical architectural Built forms"

about me

Bug for digital content creation infected during my 12th grade has driven me toward learning and exploring Game design, Graphic design, human psychology, which eventual pulled me toward architecture since then I have been practicing and training in different sets of tool on my own to refine my ability to make ideas happen and to enhance my creative potential, some of my abilities are represented here.


Conceptual sketching at initial phase of design with various alternative ideas and as a hobby.



Detailed and Conceptual model making at different phases of design 60째




Designs are mostly inspired by nature on its functional as well as performance level.

Indesign Cs5.5


Photoshop Cs5.5



Illustrator Cs5.5

Digital knowledge

Extensive knowledge on software oriented digital production.

Malayalam(mother tongue) English

Urdu Premiere Pro Cs5.5 Intermediate After Effects Cs5.5 Fireworks Cs5.5


Mental ray


Autodesk Maya 2012

Grasshopper Autodesk 3ds Max 2012

Google Sketchup 8.0 Rhino 5.0

Pen,ink and pencil with various techniques.

Hand Drafting Sketching Kerkythea Rendering System

Processing 1.5

Microsoft Office 2010


Model Making


Artlantis Studio 4 Autodesk Sketchbook 2012 Autodesk Ecotect 2010

Autodesk Showcase 2012

Autocad 2012 Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012


As a Passion and a hobby and experimental.


Different culture, places, time, and cuisine, exploring with a notion of adventure.


"Hope lies in Dreams, In Imagination and in courage of those who dare to make dreams in to reality" - Jonas salk



Performing Art Centre That Performs Studio Project| Sem 4 Year 2| 2011| Mangalore

(School/ Museum/ Cultural centre/ Riverfront/ Dynamic Architecture/ Theatre/ Music/ Dance Studios/Re naturalising)


Spice Market Tourism Resource Centre




Integrated Roof Scape




Cultural Precinct


Museum of Modern Art


Utopian City


Peace Monument


National Competition| 1st place| Year 3|2011-12| Kochi (Heritage Restoration/ Spice market/ Cafe/ Restaurant/ Art Gallery/ Housing/ Redesigning)

Studio Project| Sem 5 Year 3| 2011| Goa

(Goa/ Bank Employees/ Clubhouse/ Biomimicry/ Units)

Studio Project| Sem 6 Year 3| 2012| Pandora

(Avatar Movie/ Alien planet/ Space Age/ Advance Material/ Digital Fabrication/Bioluminescence/Magnetic Levitation)

Studio Project| Sem 3 Year 2| 2010| Mysore

(High School/ Kindergarten/ Natural System/Golden Ratio/ Voronoi Division/ L-System)

Studio project| Sem 6 Year 3|2012| Ahmedabad

(Riverfront development/ Urban Restructure/ Public Squares/Street/ Bazaars/ Library/ Theatre/ Food Court)

Studio project| Sem 4 Year 2|2011| Mysore

(Lake Front/ Experimental/ Parametric Architecture/ Landform)

National Competition Entry| Top 12 | Year 2|2010 (Re urbanising/ Space Age/ Super Scraper/Branching/ Sustainable)

Competition Entry| 2nd place | Year 3|2011

(Re urbanising/ Space Age/ Super Scraper/Branching/ Sustainable)

G sen Trophy

National Competition entry| 2010 | Mysore

(Mysore/ Urban Design/ Future Development/ Utopian Ideology/Team work)


Performing Art Centre That Performs


Studio Project| Sem 4 Year 2| 2011| Mangalore Theatre Music, Dance Studios Re naturalisation Indian Tradition

School Museum Cultural centre Riverfront Dynamic Architecture

Location Area Built Up Year Climate Requirements

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Mangalore 53550.4 m2 2500 m2 2011 Hot And Humid


Size stone, Tensile canopies, Steel.

3 x Dance, Music , Drama studio 2 x Rehearsal Room Theatre 500 capacity 2 x Guest house Amphitheatre Cafeteria


"Performing Art Centre That Performs"

Dynamics of Existences

Alchemy Of Time Over Space Time is psyche phenomenon, the faith in unending chain of construction, destruction and reconstruction. All reaffirm the belief in the recurrence of time and purpose. This assurance of recurrence installs a sense of equality as well as hope, much needed qualities in the pluralistic context with diverse value systems. Existence of Space is bound to time and Purpose, Space cannot exist without time or purpose. In Architecture this Notion does not exist since Space exist even when its devoid of purpose or time. Breaking away from tradition and bridging the notion of time and space was completed by bringing a sense of dynamism to space, to keep up with time and purpose. A System where space is Constructed and deconstructed upon purpose, Form is not predetermined but emerged real time based on small decision made by individual Users.

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Nethravathi river

Due to recent urbanization of the city, large amount of green cover has been replaced by tall building,so it is the concern of the citizen to replenish the lost green cover for healthy sustainable future. Due to large availability of land in the site, since the requirement is only 5% of total land area, more than 60% of land could be converter in to green belt which will seclude the facility from the urban chaos also provide a healthy atmosphere for the educational facility. Green cover 65%

Buildup 5% Regulated setback from River 30%

Typology Development Typical Studio

Area 150 m2

Area 150 m2 r

Roof module when opened. Mohammed Mansoor

Roof module when closed.



Master Plan


(Composite medium Ink and colour)

Umbrella Structure which can be opened and closed based on user requirement, Create Infinite variation in the overall form of the building. Rather than static form predetermined by a single governing factor.

Conceptual model of roof module

Roof Module of 14 units PORTFOLIO

12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Studio, Workshop, Recording studio, Staff room, Auditorium, Toilets, Guest house. Library

6 1 1



3 3 2




Floor Plan

2 4



(Composite medium Ink and colour)

View Of The Entry

Auditorium view Mohammed Mansoor


Studio And Corridors

7 1



Section A-A

Section B-B

North Elevation

Back Yard View



Process And Scribbles: Mohammed Mansoor


Concept Development Models

Study Models

Presentation Model 1:200

Presentation Panel: PORTFOLIO


Spice Market Tourism Resource Centre


National Competition | 1st place| Year 3|2011-12 Project leader: Mohammed Mansoor, Team: Greeshma Girish, Sachin.G, Siddarth.T, Purnima.B, Shama.N. Heritage Restoration, Spice market, Cafe, Restaurant,

Art Gallery, Housing, Redesigning, Urban redevelopment.

Location Area Built Up Year Climate Requirements

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Kochin (Fort Cochin) 6450 m2 4000 m2 2011-2012 Hot And Humid


Size stone, Mangalore Tiles, Glass Brick, Steel.

Spice Market Spice Gallery, Art Gallery, Cafeteria, Restaurant, Art Workshop, Accommodation, Boat Jetty(Ferry Terminal).

Brief: To create a holistic design taking into consideration the rich culture and tradition of Kerala resulted in an attempt to attain clarity. “Clarity in an amalgam of chaos”. The design comprises of the following set of principles which in reference to the past were incorporated with a set of necessary futuristic functions. Our main intentions were to retain the existing land use while providing for the present growth of the space into a future that will be in relevance to time immemorial. Looking beyond the tangible aspects of human nature, toward Intangible personal attachment towards a site specific to its immediate surrounding, negates Tabula rasa approch, But Encourages sensitively accentuated approach towards existing typology. Which resulted in preserving as much existing structure as possible.



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Urban Restructuring

Existing site condition



Office Boat Jetty

In the land of wealth, treasures and exotic spices, lay a little town in the southern end of India, robust with activity known as the present day Fort Cochin. The vast blue sea, the picturesque walkways and the iconic Chinese fishing net frame the horizon .History peers out from the street corners and echoes from ancient Portuguese and Dutch homes .Though with time Fort Cochin has slithered silently into a comfortable position of its own, one can see the footprints of the Jews, the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British still afresh on the sandy beaches of the vibrant city.

Site boundary

Neighbourhood The site has a very quite yet historically important neighbourhood. The whole sale spice markets are one of the last few left functioning even today. The Devamatha Church, the Jain Temple and the Cutchi Memon Mosque bring in a perfect blend of religion in the neighbourhood. The Jewish Synagogue and the Mattancherry Palace to the southern part of the site are some of the main tourists’ attractions with the Government Hospital and the Mattancherry police station making the space more functionally important.

Site The site is situated in fort Cochin near to mattancherry, which is a spice markets and a warehouse. The spice complex is situated opposite to the wholesale spice markets on Bazaar road facing the coastline. It has two huge warehouses, used for making and drying of spices and the other one has small units for storage and market. Currently the site space is used for recycling used barrels and at times for drying of spices from the wholesale market nearby.

Proposed path The unavailability of a direct ferry access between the three monumets creates a situation with scope for development in transport. The interior roads have become redundent in serving tourist Therefore an idea to create a private boat way from the site to link the two farther monuments has been taken forward.

Objective: Our aim was not only transforming the site to have a useful function but to transform the entire street passively. To change the future growth of the entire road connecting the monuments from an overcrowded decaying depilated state into a large historic walkway instead of a vehicular pathway allowed us to mimic the front façade of the existing typology of buildings without an additional constraint of parking space or vehicular access points. The retention of the street façade was also to make the building in tune with its surroundings as a stark modern building was something the people of the place would not want to reflect upon.

Historic Development Of The Place.

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Spice market

Proposed path


Typology Development: Proposed Functions Based On Existing Land Use And Typology.

Existing linear typology of Buildings

Conceptual Zoning

Detailed Zoning

1. To retain the existing land use while providing 2. Providing and catering to the tourism aspect for the present growth of the space into a future whilst catering to the local trade and market in that will be in relevance to time immemorial. the region.






3. To maintain a simple method of vertical street 9. Retaining as much of the existing foundation like plan with horizontal links on the vertical axis and structure as possible allowed hus to not only make maximum use of the available 1.6 acres of 4. To consider and adapt the site , its conditions land but allowed us to adhere to the latest building and history as the prime guiding factor for the rules in the region. The Typology of buildings surrounding the site and within the site are all linear design in nature. 5. To create an aesthetically appealing link be10. Retaining as much green space as possible and tween land water to translate a sense of vernacular architecture into a modernistic idea. The 20% green space in the 6. Reliving the past on the outside, while growing original site was also retained and enhanced. The and adapting to the future on the inside sites proximity to the sea enabled us to create a view which offered an extended scope to the tour7. Traditional cheap materials and practices in- ist centre to showcase the historic spice trade and volved merges with the existing architecture on folklore of the land a macro scale but adapts to existing site condi11. The gallery has a series of old arches that have tions on a micro levels been retained which have been left open to sky. 8. The projects intensions are to cater to the They serve as subtle but interesting backgrounds tourists, natives and homeless artists. We re- to the various sculptures and the interior walls of tained the three linear covered spaces in foot- similar typology serves as one for the paintings. print, giving them the functions of an art gallery, a cafĂŠ and a spice market. These functions are separate but overlap each other on a visual plane , if not physical at every point.

12. A row of ten small rooms have been tucked underneath to cater to the people working to upkeep the space. A small number of offices too flank the spice market on the exterior.



The sites proximity to the sea enabled us to create a view which offered an extended scope to the tourist centre to showcase the historic spice trade and folklore of the land. The fluidity of movement in the entire site from one space to another arose due to this. Mohammed Mansoor

The site belongs to a prime location with three major monuments surrounding the site which turns the entire area into an inverse peninsula with the main mode of transport being the existing boat jetties as access since the road were often unpaved or jam-packed and travelling by it is strenuous.


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The market has been intentionally separated from the museum to prevent the smell of the spices from permeating into the building. Hence the market is on the leeward side. The central spine of the cafĂŠ becomes the connecting element to the design.It branches into the other two functions whilst pulling the observer from the enclosed cafĂŠ-

-that showcases the street to the fine dining restaurant that presents the sea. Horizontal bridges and vertical spaces have been created within the existing height of the old structure and keeping in mind the existing use of the open spaces as a spice drying area and the landscape too. Portfolio


Presentation Panel

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4'x 8'






Studio Project| Sem 5 Year 3| 2011| Goa Biomimicry, Units, Wind Simulation, Culture.

Goa, Bank Employees, Clubhouse, Beach Front, Location Area No Units Year Climate Requirements

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Goa (Canacona) 9600 m2 80 2011 Hot And Humid


Precast Concrete, Wood, Glass Brick, Steel.

Apartments 1 BHK x 20 2 BHK x 40 3 BHK x 20 Clubhouse Parking 80x Cars Pool

Radical Agenda: “Architecture should serve the social condition of the people rather than just for visual senses. Hence understanding the social behaviour of the regional society and serving them becomes a primary agenda, problems like climate, material and structure are pure technological depended hence they are time based should be solved based on existing technology rather than working in Isolation. Since today we have new theory ,new tool,new production techniques for building construction.”

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Conceptual Development

Massing Development:

Cluster Morphology:



Walk up apartment for the ICICI Bank employees 20 units of 1BHK @90sqm 40 units of 2BHK @110sqm 20 units of 3BHK @140sqm Maximum coverage 50% Unit are excludes common corridors,stairs,car parking & resultant terraces and should be climate specific

Clubhouse Blocks placed along the wind movement along the periphery

ad Ro Blocks placed in ‘V’ shape to funnel the air, works well for seabreez but not for landbreez.

12 120 80

Existing Site Condition Cell generated based on functional requirement Blocks placed in ‘X’ shape to funnel the air, works well for seabreez and landbreez.


Site Cut into 3 Parts @ 40m Interval. Blocks placed in ‘H’ Shape to funnel the air, and also provide large open space in the centre.

Cluster formation resulting in terraces in between

Cutout for light and ventilation of units below.

Other side of the cluster.

12m 3m 0m

Modified Contours 1


Housing Clubhouse Parking


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Final massing with all Units ,Clubhouse and Parking

Cells clustered based on offsets condition

Goan Houses:

Climatic Study:


The Goan houses built or refurbished between the middle of the 18th and the 20th centuries were more outward-looking and ornamental, with balcões (covered porches) and verandas facing the street. The large balcões had built-in seating, open to the street, where men and women could sit together and ‘see and be seen’, chat with their neighbours, or just enjoy the evening breeze.

Climate Response: Hot and Humid climate demands a Structure which is well ventilated and less heat gain and due to site restriction the massing has to be dense to fit the requirement. By looking at various examples of dense and porus structure we can find various examples that is found in the Nature Sponges are animals of the phylum Porifera Their bodies consist of jelly-like mesophyll sandwiched between two thin layers of cells. Most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes, and the shapes of their bodies are adapted to maximize the efficiency of the water flow.

Advantage of Hexagon over a Rectangle Hexagon is widely found in Nature from beehives to bacteria. the are more stable and have a controlled freedom in arrangement and provide a free flowing surface compared to a rectangle and enhances the flow of Air through the clusters.



Radical Agenda:

Follow The Transition:

“Architecture should serve the social condition of the people rather than just for visual senses. Hence understanding the social behaviour of the regional society and serving them becomes a primary agenda ,problems like climate, material and structure are pure technological depended hence they are time based should be solved based on existing technology rather than working in Isolation. Since today we have new theory ,new tool,new production techniques for building construction.”

Club House Morphology:

Wind Tunnel Analysis Of the Complex:

Perforated Structure Enhances the flow of wind through the Building, Which Crates an Efficient cross ventilation inside the units.

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Master Plan

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Unit Plan Details :

View Of the Apartments Below Parking. Mohammed Mansoor


View Of Cluster

View Of the Cutouts From Below.

View Of Pool Area

View Of the Corridors leading to Units

View Of the Apartments Below Parking. PORTFOLIO


Living Room View

Dining and Kitchen View

Cluster Detail Model 1:100

Layout Massing Model 1:200

Cluster Common Space

Layout Massing Model Top Level Removed.

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Layout Massing Model 1:200

Process and Development: PORTFOLIO


Integrated Roof Scape And Building Envelope


Studio Project| Sem 6 Year 3| 2012| Pandora Avatar Movie, Alien planet, Space Age, Advance Material, Digital Fabrication Location Area Type Year Climate Requirements Material

Indigenous Population, Bioluminescence, Magnetic Levitation, Grasshopper.

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Pandora (Fictional Planet) 8084 m2 Public Facility 2012 Tropical

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Unobtainium, Bioluminescence fluids.

Metro Station

Design Challenges: • • • • •

To understand the biosphere of the region and its social condition. To study the available resource , technology and materials in the region. Adapt to the spatial needs of both humans and Navi’s . Build the structure in a varied physical condition. Integrate the built with the Pandora’s ecology which forms collective forms a vast neural network spanning the entire planetary surface into which the Na’vi and other creatures connect.

Pandora: Location: A moon of planet Polyphemus, a gas giant planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri A, roughly 4.4 light years away. Environment: Earth like, but humans cannot breathe its air without Exopack. Atmosphere is a mix of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, xenon, ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulphide. Inhabitants: The Na’vi are an indigenous species that live on Pandora. They are humanoid in appearance and are 9 to 10 feet (2.7 to 3.0 m) tall, having pairs of eyes, ears, arms, legs and feet like humans, as well as a nose, a mouth, and expressions recognizable to humans.

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Dichotomy of Nature Earth


Mountains on the Ground


Mountains in the Air

Neural Network






30m Tree

Human Settlements Mohammed Mansoor


Na'vis Settlements




Design Development:

Site Picture:


25m Out

Constructing a shade over the ramp.


Located in between the arches of pandora near the sacred tree. Station Articulating the roof curvature with the ramp.

Site Location: Near the sacred tree at the core of the magnetic vortex, It would be ideal location for a pilgrimage voyage.

Getting inspired by the plants grown in the region, which creates surfaces which blends with the surrounding. Integrated Shelter, Providing Accommodation for both Navi's Mode of Transportation of Ikrans as well as Metro Station for Humans. Splines for creating the roof

Light weighed lofted surface create larger surface area for the magnetic field to affect the Unobtainium which helps in levitation.

Metaseems integrated with the fabric for structural stability. Mohammed Mansoor

Use of Unobtainium for levitating the roof of the station.




Master Plan With Day And Night

Seeds of the wood spirits a allowed to grow at the exit which brings the spiritual side on arrival at location.



Neural branches are allowed to grow so that the people can connect to the Pandoras network.

Integrating the form and lighting to the context of Pandora.



Bioluminescence lighting provide natural biolights during night with out electricity.

Scaled Model 1:400

Platform View 2

Platform View

Model Showing The Exit

Site Model 1:400

Model Showing The Entry Mohammed Mansoor


Night View



Surface Modulation and Fabrication:

Simple structural grid

Complex form

Visually appealing structural pattern

Adaptive Glazing: Glazing system which adapts it self to the Structure by parameterizing the normals of struts based on curvature. Which gives us the flexibility to obtain double curved structure. Which enhances the visual appeal and aesthetic value of the building the system is unique which bring individual character to the building

Curved Primary Structure

Structural System The System we are proposing is a Advance version of the existing structure here the system consists of identical components attached normal to the curved structural frame which in return creates a undulating surface hence we can built a curved structural system at the same cost as a normal system the glass panels could be curved or flat depending on the budget constrains. The Fastening system consists of the cylindrical joinery which enhances the aesthetic value of the system every cylindrical units consists of LED and Heat Sensors which responds to the movement of people making the whole system dynamic and responsive. Mohammed Mansoor

Struts Cylindrical fastening system



75mm 100mm

Fastening Detail 9m



Columns SS 316 Grade steel @ 100mm Dia Struts SS 316 Grade Steel @ 20mm Dia Fasteners SS 316 grade Steel @ 100mm Dia Brasing SS 316 Grade Steel @ 25mm dia Cable Tie Ss 316 Grade Steel @ 7mm dia


Night View



Side View

Grasshopper script:





Studio Project| Sem 3 Year 2| 2010| Mysore Golden Ratio, Voronoi Division, L-System, Panelling.

High School, Kindergarten, Natural System, Growth Pattern, Location Area Type Year Climate Requirements


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Mysore (India) 22858 m2 Educational Institution 2010 Semi-arid Climate 10x Classrooms

2x kindergarten, 2x Workshop, 4x Labs, 3x language Rooms, Library, Amphitheatre, Auditorium, Sports facility, Swimming Pool, Admin, Parking. Composite wall, Steel, Wood, Concrete, Stone.

Brief Today, Education in schools Emphasize on the over all development of individual personalities along with knowledge gain. Information can be very easily accessed due to the advancement in technology on one hand and highly qualified teaching fraternity who adopt innovative methodology in implanting knowledge comparable to our earlier ancient guru- shishya parampara. We believe, Environment conducive for exchange of knowledge, which stimulates, which is inspiring and creative can enhance students' overall development. Interaction happen at various levels between student teachers, teacher-teacher, parentteacher and such permutations comprising of different age and interest groups. Teaching and learning not only happens indoors. Emphasis is on interactive transition spaces which is Semi-covered by tress and other Structure. Transforming the experiences of learning at an emotional level.

Concept: Learning By nature

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Site: 202m





Site is Situated in the heart of the mysore university nestled and bordered by fruit orchards with a total land extent of about 5.57 acres(22858 m2). It has a canteen on one side and university hostel on the other.


Site Zoning Based On Golden Ratio:



A School, with student strength not more than 360, comprising of kindergarten to high school restricted to 30 students and one section per class to be designed.



Play Ground




Issues to be Addressed: • •

Energy Efficient techniques Physically challenged friendly ARCHITECTURE



Labs NATURE Admin


Play Ground

Ecology Life Form

Kindergarten. 117.42m


Class Room




Orthogonal System



Emergence Proportions


Self Organization



Site picture 118m long

Site picture longitudinally 202m along the road. Mohammed Mansoor


Golden ratio, Algorithm, Emergence, Patterns, Evolution, Self organisation, Chaos, Anthropomorphic. Living.

Golden Ratio: Site Centre: (x,y) = ( 124.25, 72.09)

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Site centre Offset. (x,y) = (117.42, 72.09) Site Dimension: L=202m, 190m w= 118m a




a+b a

= 1.618033

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202 / 1.618033 = 124.28 202 - 124.28 = 77.72

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190 / 1.618033 = 117.42 190 - 117.42 = 72.68

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118 / 1.618033 = 72.09 118 - 72.09 = 46.07

Site centre • • • • •

Total Built up area Circulation

Labs ( centre for learning)

Largest area = (117.42, 72.09) 2nd largest area =(72.58, 72.02) 3rd largest area =(46.07, 124.88) 4th largest area=(72.72, 46.07) 5th largest area =(5 , 118)

L -System





Int A n Iterations


Set of points

2,817 m2 257 m2

Growth pattern of a tree can be analysed based on the Mathematical theory L - System.


Take a set of points. Construct a Bisector Between One point and all the others, The Voronoi Cells is between by the intersection of these bisector. Repeat for each point in the set.

Admin + play +canteen Class room + Kindergarten Play + Multipurpose hall(M.P.H) Library+ O.A.T + Pool Labs = =


Surface articulation Voronoi Tiling ( Patterned Tectonic)

d = Angle l = Length




It simply started with the Labs at the Golden Centre along the drain and from there the complex functional diagram of internal and external adjacencies could be solved by simply adding one program to another in a branching pattern to merge multiple programs in to one entity.

Voronoi Pattern







8 4 1

2 3

Ground Floor Plan

(Composite medium)

Section a-a'

Section b-b'

Section c-c' Mohammed Mansoor


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Primary School Admin Kindergarten Workshop Pool Amphitheatre Multipurpose hall Cafe


3 2




First Floor Plan

1. 2. 3. 4.


High School Library Labs Language

(Relief model)


Model 1:200 scale

Pool Area

Classroom Corridor

Birds Eye View PORTFOLIO


Aerial View

Kindergarten View

Stairs Leading To High School Mohammed Mansoor

Birds Eye View

Ramp view



Entrance View




Cultural Precinct


Studio project| Sem 6 Year 3|2012 Riverfront development, Urban Restructure, Public Squares, Street Location Area Type Year Climate Requirements


Bazaars Library Theatre Food Court

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Ahmedabad (India) 50,000 m2 Urban Design 2012 Hot and Dry 01. Theatre Complex A. 1 X 500 Seater B. 2 X 200 Seater C. 2 X 50 Seater 02. City Resource Library 03. Display And Workshop Space 04. Gallery 05. Mahatma Gandhi – Plaza 06. Parking for 100 cars 07. Transit Bay 08. Lecture Space 09. Food Court 10. City Information Centre 11. Learning Centre 12. Craft Bazaar 13. City Festival Space • Composite wall, Steel, Wood, Concrete, Stone.

Ahmedabad Vision -Contemporary Environment Making •

The Project’s focus is to deal with the learning and the experiences of the tour of Ahmadabad.

Ahmadabad boasts of an architectural legacy that spans the vernacular and the modern. Arguably the only city in the world to have four exquisite creations of Le Corbusier, works by Louis Kahn, great Indian Masters such as Charles Correa and B.V. Doshi and presently host to many contemporary Indian Architects works.

The brief calls for a Public building in the realm of the Urban envelope, under the shadow of the powerful built markers.

The site will be a minimum dimensional size of 500M x 100M. The longer side faces east ( along the river front ). City rules will apply for setbacks and FAR. 60% to be open spaces.

The functionality of the project will focus on a combination of the students assessment of the need for integrated learning spaces for public usage within the city. To challenge traditional assumptions and to rethink. Emphasis on the character of the un-built spaces.

By learning spaces, the idea is to broaden the educational diversity of an active part of the City.

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“Architecture Is Celebration Of Life” “The spirit of a piece of architecture is the spirit of continuity: each work carries forward from an antecedent; each contains all the previous experiences of the world of architecture. A good piece of architecture also contains the hint and the seed of future works. Perhaps this is why a good piece of architecture is rare.” - A Letter To Young Architect “A public building in the realm of the urban envelope, under the shadow of the powerful built markers.” Our built environment is in the process of reorganising itself,redistributing densities of buildings, population and activities. Cities are expanding, growing and sprawling, while at the same time their centres are exacerbated with inadequate space and chaotic activity.

Synopsis Agenda

Beauty of an Indian city is not in its palaces, forts or temples, but in the middle of its colour full, vibrant, chaotic streets. Behind these complex chaos, a simple pattern defines the simple interaction with which an individual respond to his other individuals which resonate in the formation of the street, its activity and culture of the neighbourhood. Understanding such patterns and implying them in designing would catalyse the activity and create a heathy social condition for learning in the heart of the city. Waterfront is the only open space available in a large city and its the collective responsibility to keep it open, clean and accessible to the public. Connecting the community with the waterfront by creating a cultural hub, promenades and squares would enhance the public life in the city.

Site 01. Theatre Complex A. 1 X 500 Seater Auditorium B. 2 X 200 Seater Auditorium C. 2 X 50 Seater Lecture Theatre 02. City Resource Library With 2 Lakh Volumes 03. Display And Workshop Space 04. Gallery 05. Celebration Of Mahatma Gandhi – Plaza / Exhibition / Your Choice 06. Parking To Host Above Requirement, As Per Standards. 07. Transit Bay


Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Nehru Bridge Apna Bazaar

Sabarmathi River

08. Lecture Space ( Indoor And Outdoor ) 09. Food Court 10. City Information Centre 11. Learning Centre 12. Craft Bazaar 13. City Festival Space

500m Teen Darwaza


a’ Bus Terminus Bhadra Fort


Ellis Bridge 100m Mohammed Mansoor


Shahi jame Mosque

Spatial Narratives In traditional Indian Architecture Dynamics of Existences Alchemy Of Time Over Space

Duality Of Existence Morning 6:00 to 8:00am


World With In A World The lndian notion of existence rests on dualities, atman. The infinitesimal building blocks of the human spirit,and brahman. The overall schema of the universe, are the fundamental basis of any existence. This schema of dual existence simultaneously accepts the part as a whole and the whole as a part and gives rise to the concept of the ‘world within a world. Fractal Geometry

Night 9:00 to 1:00 pm

Bipolarity Of Existence

Opposites As Counterpoints The aspect of counterpoint is built into the Indian notion of existence as bipolar. Where opposites reinforce each other. May it be purusha and prakruti. Light and darkness or solid and void,they are the mutually defining aspects. One shapes and gives validity to the existence of the other hence apparent extremes coexist in India. As counterpoints they become mutual reference and an integral part of a self-balancing system ensuring continuum and adherence. This form a lateral understanding thus allows for apparent opposites to coexist.

Sarkhej roza

Johari Bazaar Jaipur

Kinesthetic a



The Winding movement through a series of spaces create varied mental conditioning as in the temple sequence Choices of movement path allow the individual freedom of relating in one’s own way. Movement as a critical feature to induce kinetic perception of space Physical barriers deviate the visual axis through the movement path though the visual continuity is maintained

Illustration a,b and c demonstrate how the destination though aligned axially from entry, only remains a visual reference on that axis while the physical movement path is shifted from this axis.



Site Context: Site

The sidi saiyyed mosque, built in 1573, is one of the most famous mosques of ahmedabad. As attested by the marble stone tablet fixed on the wall of the mosque, it was built by sidi saeed or sidi saiyyed an abyssinian in the retinue of bilal jhajar khan, general in the army of the last sultan shams-ud-din muzaffar shahiii of the gujarat sultanate. The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Pol houses A pol (pronounced as pole) is a housing cluster which comprises many families of a particular group, linked by caste, profession, or religion. Pols are typical of urban centres in gujarat especially of ahmedabad.

Lal Darwaja Garden

Site 500m x 100m


Palace showing the centralized dominant position

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Dynamics Of Existences Duality Of Existence World With In A World Part As A Whole And The Whole As A Part Bipolarity Of Existence Opposites As Counterpoints Kinesthetic

By looking at the map and redrawing the axis and the building all the traditional aspects of the Indian architecture is evident in every square inch of land. What we need to do is understand the existing axis and integrate our building. Mohammed Mansoor

Old Ahmedabad


Apna Bazaar

Teen Darwaza

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque


Teen Darwaja

Teen darwaja (tran darwaja, three gates) it is composed of 3 arched entrances was built by sultan ahmed shah to serve as a royal entrance to maidan shahi. Mughal emperor jehangir and his wife nur jahan used to watch the tazia procession of mahuram from over these gates.

Juma Masjid The mosque jama masjid (meaning Friday mosque ) is the oldest and most splendid mosque of ahmedabad, built in 1424 during the reign of ahmed shah. Lying in the old party of city, the mosque is situated opposite to mahatma Gandhi road, on the eastern side of teen darwaza.

Bhadra Fort Constructed in the year 1411 A.D. During the rule of marathas, it was established by sultan ahmad shah, the founder of ahmedabad city.

Axis presenting the movement pattern in the region World with in a world Old Ahmedabad

Victoria Garden Victoria garden is a one of the most popular places in the city for people who desire to unwind and chill out. The victoria garden contains a statue of queen victoria, which is a masterpiece in itself.

Ahmed Shah Mosque Sultan ahmed shah mosque in ahmedabad is a religious place for Muslims that is well known for its architectural designing. It was constructed in the year 1414 a.D. By sultan ahmed shah, the founder of ahmedabad city. Thus, the mosque has been named after its founder. Lying on the left side of the famous bhadra fort, the mosque is very appealing to look at. It is one of the oldest mosques of ahmedabad

The region is well rendered with the traditional aspects of Indian architecture. Individual functions like fort, mosque, park, bazaar, the pol housing all form individual smaller worlds with in a larger world of old ahmedabad fort city. Each functioning distinctively with out the need of the other, even if you add or subtract a function it doesn’t effect the idiosyncrasy of the place. My own intention is to embed the system within the larger context of the old ahmedabad without disturbing the idiosyncrasy, we need to integrate the centre with existing fabric pattern in order to accentuate the social and cultural aspect of public life surrounding it. Since it is a public building which is extroverted in nature hence it should invite people in then restricting them. PORTFOLIO


Morphology Of A Plaza 9 am

Town hall

3 pm



Town hall


Some One Somewhere Some Time Decided To Put It In India.

Fountain What a pleasant evening!!!!

My Son loves the fountain.

I Love the sun

What To Do?

Area under shade



OMG!!! HOT!!!!

Indian Context

European Context

Town h

Shadow Analysis Of A Typical Street In Mysore N

Meena Bazaar Mysore

People predominantly use south side of the street for circulation.

N Stores on the southern side of the street do more business than there counterpart. Mohammed Mansoor

Streets in Jaisalmer where the buildings over shadow the streets to keep the public activity alive even during the hot summer noon.


This Would Work If India Had Population Like Greece,Italy Or Denmark.


PS: Each Indian City has a population equal to a country in Europe. Ahmedabad (55,70,585) has population equal to Denmark(55,44,139).

What the F***... What about us???? We are getting f**king roasted in here!!!!

We need shade!!!

Ahhhh!! shade!!

More people gather here.

hall or theatre/ church Town hall or theatre/ church

Traditional Built Mass

Built Open Built


Traditionally Indian streets are narrow and self shading which helps climatically and accentuates public activity but in resent years such streets have rendered obsolete due to overgrowing demands and increase in population.

Redefining the built mass by reducing the footprint and keeping the floor area same would create more space at the ground level and increase in height would make the streets self shaded and accentuate public life in the street.

Congested streets Suffocates the life in it.

Open Open Space


Open Space

Street Section Open

Open Space

Going Vertical:

Breaking Away With Tradition.

Transforming the spaces in vertical plane with series of transition of built v/s open, double/triple height, series of interconnected ramps and bridges, vertical ecologies, shading the space around the built.

Built v/s open, Solid v/s Voids, connecting corridors, interconnected courtyards, all happen in the horizontal plan may be at different layers but still horizontal.

Street Section PORTFOLIO


Street As A Collective Binder. Each building functions as a independent structure completely independent of each other. But the streets which connects them brings harmony and collective consciousness to the system and brings life to it and makes it evolving and ever growing. By looking at traditional India architecture its clear that the streets are the binders for duality of existence, World with in a world in which smaller worlds of Fort, Bazaars, Mosque which perform as a independent world but are held together in the fabric of larger world of old Ahmedabad fort city by a collection of interconnected streets.


Pol Housing Bazaar

Bus terminus


Teen Darwaja

Mosque Old Ahmedabad Fort City

Program Zoning 1

2 Teen Darwaja

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Apna Bazaar

M.G Road Axis Bus Terminus

Green Buffer

Cinema Theatre Badra Fort

Silent, peaceful zone Ideal location for a library and Gandhi plaza

Ideal location for a Theatre Complex and Plaza Looking at the M.G road axis which is infused with major public buildings and Badra fort and terminates at the bus terminal, forms a major public transition zone with numerous public facilities. This axis could be extended in to the site for functions like theatre and plaza, Making it adaptable to the existing land use.

3 Semi private area suitable for art Gallery and lecture rooms. Since its very enclosed area but still has a little public access.

Presence of garden surrounding this region and devoid of any public facilities render the location with peaceful serenity with is a ideal location for library and Gandhi plaza. Bhadra Fort 1

Apna Bazaar

Teen Darwaja

Private Residential area

Extending the garden to the site.


Ahmed shahi mosque

Library and Gandhi plaza infuses with out disturbing the flow of green space.

Uninterrupted Public Access to water

Lal Darwaja Garden.


Section Through Lal Darwaja Garden 3 Semi private area suitable for gallery and lecture spaces

This region of the site is well contained between the residential area but access is through the main road which cross connect the bus terminus and the Ellis bridge junction making it a semi private zone ideal for art gallerias and lecture rooms.

Clear space for pass through.

Bus terminus Theatre plaza, Food court , Bazaar

Section Through Bus Terminus 2

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Axis showing the connect between mosque and the water.

Green Buffer

Through axis

Private Residential Properties

Section Through Ahmed shahi Mosque

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque


Concept: 2


Public Park

Public Park



Public Park

Public Park


Public Park


Public Park Large green public park a must need space for any modern city

Development Process.





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Program Refinement Based On Area Requirement and Adjacencies.




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Connectivity Based On Adjacencies.




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Streets or Connectivity Nodes Or Junctions Plazas

Connectivity And Programs Infused Based On Adjacencies And Requirements




Plans @ 8 and 3 m lvl PORTFOLIO


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Foot Prints ROOF PLAN

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Green vs Open

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Section B-B' (Composite medium)

Section c-c' (Composite medium)

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Section f-f' (Composite medium) PORTFOLIO


Conceptual Model Roof View

City Info Centre Panels

Conceptual Model View from Bridge Mohammed Mansoor

Gallery Admin Area

Lecture Halls


Gandhi Plaza

Public Squares

Learning Street

Childrens Play Area PORTFOLIO



MoMA Studio project| Sem 4 Year 2|2011 Museum,

Parametric Architecture, Landform, Paperwork,

Lake Front, Experimental, Lighting, Location Area Type Year Climate Requirements


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Mysore (India) 12,930 m2 Museum 2011 Semi-Arid Climate 6 Gallery A. 4 Closed B. 2 Open 02. Admin, 03. Display And Workshop Space, 04. Curator area, 05. Food Court, 06. Reception, 07 . Parking for 40 cars, 08. Amphitheatre, 09. Back office. • Composite wall, Steel, Wood, Concrete, Stone.


Proposal to set up Museum of Modern Art for Mysore Society. • • •

This project was approached with status quo, had a radical change in the approach by questioning the very function of the museum. The Problem faced by museums are Circulation and lighting, to solve these problem is the primary agenda. Museums tend to have a Symbolic value which represent the place where it is located, to understand this and keeping in tune with the culture would create a new Identity to the region. Understanding the concept of Modern Art and having a Radical approach towards circulation and lighting resulted in the development of parametric form which increases the interest quote of the general public on the Museum and Modern Art.


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What am I Supposed to do???!!!!

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Concept Analysis Zoning Plan Section Elevation

Modern Art [Museum]:

What is Modern Art?

Gallery The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of EXPERIMENTATION.


Circulation Admin



Curator Circulation Experimentation / Exploration an Intuitive process Mohammed Mansoor





Getting MAD!!!!!

Defining the program.

Initial Cutting Lines

Lines With Circulation defined



Process 1

Patterned lines

Cuts and Creases

Patterned lines

Cuts and Creases


Cuts and Creases

Patterned lines

Cuts and Creases

Patterned lines

Cuts and Creases

Process 2

Process 3

Process 4

Process 5

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Interior Light

Interior Light

Folding Sticking

Valleys and Shaded Area

Shaded Area


Slits allowing light

Interior Light

Folding and Intersection

Folding and Intersection

Play Of Light on the Floor

Play Of Light on the Floor

Roof and floor Merged

Valleys and Shaded Area PORTFOLIO



Ground Floor Plan (Composite Medium)

Section a-a' (Composite Medium) Mohammed Mansoor




Roof Plan (Composite Medium)

First Floor Plan (Composite Medium)



Section b-b' (Composite Medium)





Model Top view

View of Open Gallery Mohammed Mansoor

Cafeteria and Roof Top Galle



Roof Cutouts

Model View

Vents For Air Circulation and Lighting

Cafeteria Semi open Roof Detail

Riverain system as Space dividers

Roof Details PORTFOLIO



Utopian City

National Competition Entry| Top 12 | Year 2 |2010

Team work: Mohammed Mansoor, Vaishak, Jacob, Hareesh, Adithya, Keval. Re urbanising, Space Age, Super Scraper, Branching, Location Area Type Year Climate Requirements



Sustainable, Community living, Utopian ism, Housing. • • • • • •

Srirangapatna (India) 100 hectares Community living 2010 Semi-arid Climate 1500 Living units

Farm, Green House, Sustainable Practices, University, Hospitals, Schools, Entertainment arcades, Water sports, Services. Composite wall, Steel, Wood, Concrete, Stone.

The Aim of this project is to reach a sustainable, ecological structure with high quality living and a high Population density. Therefore the skyscraper should not be seen as an expression of individuality but as an element of a bigger scheme, like hierarchy in the wilderness. Its possible to achieve special synergy effects ( improving the use fullness of buildings, earth quick security, possibility of better traffic connection, etc.) In this proposal new levels for special functions like the mass transit are introduced to gain a consequent straightening of functions and a reasonable connection of the infrastructure these new levels lead to a nearly untouched and undeveloped ground which could be used as a parks, farmland and green houses. The proposed structure generates a zero carbon footprint and enhances a 'green' lifestyle

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Utopian City


topia is an ideal community or society possessing a perfect sociopolitico-legal system. The word was coined in Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Site Justification Mohammed Mansoor


Site Analysis

Concept Development PORTFOLIO


Amenities Detail

View With Details

Sustainability Factor

Site Plan

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Peace Monument

Competition Entry| 2nd place | Year 3|2011 Team work:

Mohammed Mansoor, David, Jacob, Kevin, Adithya, Cyriac, Nikki John, Ann Mary. Re urbanising, Space Age, Super Scraper, Branching,

Sustainable, Fluid design, Monocoque shell Forming

Location Area Type Year Climate Requirements

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Guntur (India) 3 Acres Peace Monument 2011 Hot and Dry Climate


Composite wall, Steel, Wood, Concrete, Stone.

Meditation centre Public park, Plaza


To create an ideal state of mind by linking harmony in nature,harmony in humans and harmony in architecture. By doing so the overall impression of a peaceful environment is created.


Using the harmonic Fibonacci sequence a proportion to be aesthetically pleasing

"Rhythms are apparent to the eye and clear in their relations with one another, and these rhythms are at the very root of human activities, they resound in man by an organic inevitability, the same fine inevitability which causes the tracing out of the golden section by children, old men, savage and the learned” - Le Corbusier. Mohammed Mansoor




0 origin The origin is from where all energy is distributed to the rest creation. The relation of the progress from this beginning to the final destination of unison is also part of the journey of peace.

1 oneness The knowledge that everything can be attributed to one element i.e. The creator. After transcending duality we understand that everything is one and created by that one creator. Knowing this will bring one true peace.

2 duality The idea of having opposites in order to fully appreciate either one of the component s has been an age old philosophy. Be it the opposition in colour of the yin yang or symbolism attached to the Star of David, duality is an important principle.

3 trilogy The trilogy trinity is addressed in every religion. The triangle the most stable geometric form is the unison of three elements that make a larger whole.

5 elements of nature The concept of the five elements formed a basis of analysis in most religions. In Buddhism the four great elements, are not viewed as substances,but as categories of sensory experience.

8 fold path The Noble Eightfold Path is a way of life apart from being a teaching of Buddhism as it may be applied to any individual. It is used to develop insight into the true nature of reality and to eradicate greed, hatred, and delusion. Mohammed Mansoor




Water Chamber

Wind Chamber


Passage of Duality

Atrium Mohammed Mansoor

Performance Deck



Space chamber




G Sen Trophy National Competition Entry| Year 2 |2010

Team work: Mohammed Mansoor, David Thomas, Jacob, Kevin, Adithya, Arsalan, Aurathru, Sachin G. Re urbanising, Urban design, Heritage, Branching, Location Area Type Year Climate Requirements

Sustainable, Community living, Utopianism, Housing. • • • • • •

Mysore (India) 3 km2 Urban Design 2010 Semi-arid Climate 2000 Housing Units

Metro, Green House, Sustainable Practices, University, Hospitals, Schools, Entertainment arcades, Water sports, Services.


Utopia: any ideal place or state, esp. in its laws and social conditions; any visionary, sometimes impractical scheme for social improvement. Stated above, is the general definition of utopia, however in most cases achieving the ideal/ perfect solution seems impractical. As no one can “create” an ideal world or city, nevertheless the dynamics of a city whether ideal or not is brought out by the people and their lifestyle. A city can only accommodate for that, but cannot be ideal by itself. In our design, we have tried to reiterate the utopian scenario, to enhance the life of the people and not their existence. However, any urban design solution is a process, so we have developed a small chunk of Mysore as a prototype. Mysore as designed by the wodeyars always had affinity towards a utopian lifestyle that has sustained about a hundred years, and our proposal for this city will only help it to sustain a hundred more and retaining all its glory and heritage. The idea of the proposed scheme is to knit different parts of the city, like interlocking loops that meet at different points of interest, and free off the central space from chaos. To make it a grand community and cultural centre that is so rich in Mysore. The entire thought process is humane and benevolent that, and so the design can continue to uphold itself in any city and any situation. Consequently, making ‘Mysore 2030’ an icon for the future Indian cities. Mohammed Mansoor




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UG Architecture Portfolio Part 1  

Mohammed Mansoor Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio Part 1 (2009 - 2012) The University school of design

UG Architecture Portfolio Part 1  

Mohammed Mansoor Undergraduate Architecture Portfolio Part 1 (2009 - 2012) The University school of design