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A SET OF ANCIENT MAPS FROM ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN RECORDS OF PLINY & PTOLEMY PROVING ITS EXISTENCE.

NARRATORIUM MUZIRIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, KERALA IMPORTANCE A LOST & FOUND , 2000 YEAR OLD INDIAN TRADE LINK WITH THE GREEKS & ROMANS, MOTHER OF INDIAN PORTS,

A NODAL PORT OF THE ANCIENT SPICE ROUTE , MUCIRIPATTANAM - PORT OF MUCIRI - MUZIRIS.

EMBEDDED HISTORY LAYERS OF HERITAGE HIDDEN AWAY BENEATH OUR FEET

MOTIVE

IDEA

AWARENESS AWARENESS AN AN IDEA IDEA OF OF ARCHAEO-TOURISM ARCHAEO-TOURISM

EXPLORED THROUGH EXPLORED BY ARCHAEOLOGY ARCHAEOLOGY

ECO-TOURISM ECO-TOURISM NARRATING NARRATING HISTORY HISTORY INTERACTIVE INTERACTIVE && INFORMAL INFORMAL LEARNING LEARNING

EXPLAINED & & EXPLAINED EXPERIENCED THROUGH EXPERIENCED THROUGH ARCHITECTURE ARCHITECTURE

A MAP OF ANCIENT TRADE ROUTES BY LAND & SEA.

HYPOTHESIS: HYPOTHESIS: Historical remnants, Architectural or Non-Architectural, perceived as a representative of Past,

physically exists in the present too. They are a part of the REALM. This existence of the past in the Present - challenges the whole notion of the term ‘historic’ itself due to its

Potential to hold more history.

Further, at present, the above has gone unnoticed as these historic references Are experienced isolated by the context they’re ‘preserved in, leading to their

limited understanding.

architecture - A responsive medium architecture - A responsive medium respond to this past? - should it not continue to undergo Transformations relevant to the present & add to the existing history, Thus creating a PALIMPSEST ? - should it not serve as a language or an interactive tool to relate the past with the present ? - should it not


inspirations

Site & project justiď€ cation

architecture palimpsests

Intervention - An Architectural Narrative to the site Urban scale approach, the Visitor center would add to the existing Muziris Biennale circuiit & to the Kerala tourism. The site is one of the largest exploration sites of its kind in India dating back to 2 BC A potential site of Value, Richness in History, Heritage & being a recent discovery (2007 - in progress) On an

THE KOLUMBA ART MUSEUM BY PETER ZUMTHOR.

CASTELVICHIO MUSEUM BY CARLO SCARPA

the Pattanam Archaeological site proves valid. Ongoing trends of Archaeology, Tourism, Musealization of World Heritage Sites, Public awareness of respecting & preserving such sites through - Architectural Interventions - Documentation - Digitization - Practice of Archaeo - tourism - Sustainable / Eco-tourism - CYARK initiatives Such an Architecture would add a layer of value to the site - protect it from decay &

misuse - sense of respect & public awareness. These necessitate need for a sensitive Architectural statement that is site bound & Contemporary in nature - innovative & Sustainable. A responsive & responsible architecture that narrates the hidden away history of the site & become a center for learning.

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Source & image courtesy - www.cyark.org

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, GOA

ruin site studies literature studies 1 ARIKAMEDU, PUDUCHERRY

1 LENGGONG VALLEY VISITOR CENTER, MALAYSIA

HILL PALACE MUSEUM, THRIPPUNITHURA, KERALA FORT MUSEUM, FORT St.GEORGE,CHENNAI GOA STATE MUSEUM, PANJIM, GOA MUSEUM OF KERALA HISTORY, EDAPALLY, KOCHI.

site documentation - major archaeological remains

LITERATURE STUDIES

2 NINGBO HISTORIC MUSEUM WANG SHU, AMATEUR ARCHITECTURE STUDIO YINZHOU NINGBO,ZHEJIANG,CHINA 2 ST. AUGUSTINE'S TOWER GOA 3 NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM / BERNARD TSCHUMI ARCHITECTS, ATHENS, GREECE


T O P O G R A P H Y

I N D I A

L O C A T I O N

C O N T E X T

K E R A L A

P A R A V O O R P A T T A N A M

+3000 mm

-4500 mm +1500 mm

+/- 0 mm

+/- 0 mm -5500 mm

CONTOUR INTERVAL : 500 MM LOWEST POINT : -2500 MM HIGHEST POINT : +3250 MM (reference : road as +/- 0 mm)

E R N A K U L A M

H Y D R O L O G Y

S I T E

ACCESS & PROXIMITY

D A T A

PONDS RINGEWELLS

FISHERMEN & LIG & MIG COIR WORKERS HOUSES

ROAD HIERARCHY

6M ED

4.5M

AREA - 78.53 ACRES 275 M To PERIYAR RIVER 1890 M To ARABIAN SEA

SOIL - CLAYEY & LATERITE WATER TABLE - 18M VEGETATION - DENSE (COCONUT TREES, BAMBOO, RAINTREES)

S I T E P L A N

STREAMS

D E N S I T Y

212 M

413 M

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510 M

C L I MD A A T T I A C

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SUN PATH & WIND DIRECTION

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HIG - MERCHANTS & TRADERS

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CONCEPT & IDEA

1

ACTUAL ARTEFACTS EXHIBIT

exhibit space : - to house the archaeological nds of the site. these range from huge amphorae of wine & oil to tiles, bricks & pottery shards & tiny ornaments to tools.

supporting facilities : - gallery spaces -

2

recovery lab conservation lab treatment lab storage admin spaces staff room & toilets public facilities archive room conference hall commercial unit

h o l o g r a p h i c m u s e u m

3

v i r t u a l r e a l i t y w a l k

exhibit space : - to contain display units & gallery for containing reconstructed artifacts. - to present digitized data of other heritage sites across the world with a motive to bring world heritage to the public as well as to archive permanently for the future.

supporting facilities : - 3d gallery spaces - digital reconstruction & scan lab - digital data archive room - electronic facilities - storage - children activity center

amenities: - library - auditorium - café - guest house units for visiting professionals

walkway: the nal part of the experience is a unique walk experiencing the past in its present through augmented reality. purely technical, supported by google glass which superimposes past in its excavated context for a live understanding .

supporting facilities : - elevated walkway / open theater - live excavation sites - articial site for experiencing archaeology hands on for all age groups. this supports in the musealization of archaeology itself.

DESIGN DERIVATIVES CONSERVATION | MYSTERY | DEPTH | HISTORY | AGING | LAYERED | RUINS | RUSTIC | UNDERSTANDING | LEARNING | AWARENESS| RESPECT | THE ABOVE TERMS SHAPED THE AIM OF THE DESIGN TOWARDS AN EXPERIENTIAL APPROACH.

conceptual model

-SUBTERRANEAN EXPERIENCE DEPICTING DEPTH & LAYERING - A RUSTIC AESTHETIC THAT CONTEMPLATES THE RUINS - A SPACE FOR LEARNING BY INTERACTION WITH THE SITE - TO CREATE MYSTERY THROUGH SPACES OF TRANSITION - VOLUMES, LIGHT, TEXTURES ETC.

DESIGN PROCESS SKETCHES :


concept :

CONCEPT STARTED OF TAKING UP THE STRUCTURE OF NARRATIVE 47 INTRODUCTION | CLIMAX | RESOLUTION AS A BASIS TO SEQUENCE THE SPACES. EVOLVED INTO A STORY TELLING PROCESS WITH PARALLEL STORIES IN THE BUILDING & OUTSIDE.

SITE PLAN

PALIMPSESTS :

NARRATIVE 1 NARRATIVE 2

THIS BECAME THE KEY CONCEPT AS THE DESIGN PROGRESSED AS OF ARCHITECTURE CAN DEPICT & NARRATE LAYERS OF EMBEDDED HISTORY THROUGH AN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.

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15 11 9 8 5 4

site plan 2

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CIRCULATION PATHS

AXIAL ORIENTATION

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ZONING

LEGEND 1- entry 2- parking 3- pond 4- lobby 5- key gallery 6- exposition gallery 1 7- viewing gallery 8- holographic gallery 9- trench gallery 10- well 11- learning center (amphitheater) 12- observation tower 13- admin 14- research lab & library 15- walkway 16- trench covers

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VIEWS

10

6

2 3 1

1- EXPOSITION 2 - MAJOR SPINE 3 - DARK GALLERY 4 - ACTIVITY AREA 5 - ADMIN/RESEARCH 6 - EXPLORATION


FINDING TANGIBLE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE SITE, HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE LED TO A SITE BOUND & SITE ORIGINATED DESIGN

+20M

CAFÉ

THE ARCHITECTURE PROGRESSED TOWARDS ADAPTING TO THE SITE, IT’S CONDITIONS, MATERIALS, TOPOGRAPHY DEALING WITH CLIMATIC FACTORS OF KERALA. +14 M +8 M +6 M plan - +2.8m

LIBRARY

RESEARCH LABS

+2 M

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relating to the site -site originated design positioning sense of respect by standing adjacent & not on the site built form

-positioning based on sensitivity -visual & physical relation with the site

stepped well as a public space : site feature re-structuring the old ring well into a 600 year old ring well stepped well shapes up as a key gallery point of origin for the design adaptive & site originated design idea conserving relative history a processional pathway treating key gallery as a key space connecting all the spaces

SECTION @ AA’

play of volumes : gradual increase in volume creating an experience of the user totally immersed in the space

well

site

ADMIN

site

TOILETS

AHU & ELEC

AMPHITHEATER

LEARNING CENTER

+/-0 M HOLOGRAPHIC GALLERY

ENTRY GALLERY 1

LOBBY 55 m

VIEWING GALLERY

+/- 0 M

GALLERY 2 -2M

+/-0M

WAITING REC

-6M OBSERVATION TOWER

MULTIPURPOSE GALLERY KEY GALLERY

OLD WELL

A’

A STORES

-4M

-4M

-2M

VIEWING DECK +2.5M

+/-0 M

SERVICES

+2M

PLAN @ LEVEL +2.8 M

165m

scale :1:500


CAFÉ

block module dictates independency spaces enclosed are intra-related massy outlook

re-orienting dictates independency spaces enclosed are intra-related massy outlook

SECTION @ AA’

re-organizing dictates independency spaces enclosed are intra-related massy outlook simplistic

trench

LIBRARY

L

corten steel as facade material to depict aging through architecture

SECTION @ bb’

ADMIN

RESEARCH LABS

view 1

AMPHITHEATER

+0 M HOLOGRAPHIC GALLERY

LEARNING CENTER VIEWING GALLERY GALLERY 2 -2M

+/- 0 M GALLERY 1

+2M

+6M

OBSERVATION TOWER

-4M

OLD WELL

KEY GALLERY

-4M

-2M

WITH CERTAIN ARCHITECTURAL REMAINS BENEATH, THE SITE ITSELF HAD TO BE TREATED AS A MUSEUM. RATHER THAN TREATING THE SUBTERRANEAN REMAINS AS A BARRIER TO CONNECT THE BUILT FORM TO, WAS APPROACHED SENSITIVELY THROUGH CONSTRUCTION.

PLAN @ LEVEL +0.8 M VIEWING DECK

+2.5M

+/-0 M scale :1:500

B’

view 1


SECTION CC’’

SECTION DD’

view 2 E

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F

SECTION EE’ +/- 0 M GALLERY 2 VIEWING GALLERY

LEARNING CENTER

-2M AMPHITHEATER

OBSERVATION TOWER

view 2

OLD WELL

C’

C

+6M

SECTION FF’

N

PLAN @ LEVEL - 2.5 M

scale : 1:500 D’

E’

F’


VIEW FROM TOWER

GALLERY 1 - ARTEFACTS EXHIBIT

Walkway - illustration of the visual expperience

GALLERY 11 - HOLOGRAPHIC GALLERY

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WEST ELEVATION

EAST ELEVATION

FRONT ELEVATION

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KEY PLAN

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AERIAL VIEW

EAST ELEVATION

WEST ELEVATION FRONT ELEVATION FRONT AREIAL VIEW


sloped rcc roof

STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF ROOFS

corten steel roofs with skylight

MODEL

lightweight trench covers of steel walls

FRONT AREIAL VIEW


JOINERY DETAILING Laterite walls Corten steel fixture

tile stacked ventilators

For ventilation

for lighting


Narrat

arratorium

arratorium

Narratorium-Design Thesis (2014)  

B.Arch - Architecture Design Thesis

Narratorium-Design Thesis (2014)  

B.Arch - Architecture Design Thesis

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