ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO MAULIE PANDYA
contents HOUSING STUDIO STUDIO 5
MATERIAL STUDIO STUDIO 4
PEOPLE AND PLACES STUDIO 3
EXHIBITION SPACE STUDIO 2
DOWNLAND GRIDSHELL CASE STUDY
TECHNICAL DRAWINGS BUILDING DREAMS IN MUD Spaces mark the fundamentals of architectural studies. Different people, different places, different moods have different effects on the designing of a space. I am always keen to understand a material with respect to its properties and the factors playing role in its making. I am looking forward for an oppurtunity to enhance my understanding, learning and experience.
WORKSHOP DHARMALAYA DESIGN AND BUILD SKETCHES
‘‘RE-SOURCE SHELTER’’ COMMUNITY HOUSING STUDIO STUDIO 5
Typology of houses in Sanand In both the house typologies one could see courtyards in the entrance. Toilets in some houses are in the entrance while in some it is on the back side. Some have direct entry from the street while other has a courtyard that separates the house from the street.
Forms that respond to the hot and dry climate of Sanand Cross ventilation is helpful in this
Typology of Streets
type of climate. Baffle wall is created to block wind and change its path.Clusters are created for mutual shading and pockets are created acting as public space.
The site was meant to develope housing units for 25 farmer families.Here the problem given was to grow ones’ own food. So even the housing units were to be designed keeping in mind this requirement. Also some part of land on the site was to be utilized for cultivation of crops for 25 families. The crops were grown on the site while the vegetables were grown in the houses at individual level. The terraces were used for cultivation as they receive direct light. Site model
Site model, Sanand
The site is situated in Sanand, the automobile hub of Gujarat. The site is located on the town planning road. It is an agricultural land where tobacco is grown with an area of 6000sq.m. The process began with the analysis of the site which included climate analysis, roads, typology of the houses and overall evolution of Sanand.
As cow grazing is frequent in this area, these wooden logs are placed outside the house to avoid them from entering inside Unit floor plans
Cultivation of paddy crop
Street elevation of sanand village
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MATERIAL STUDIO STUDIO 4 The process began by analyzing different geometric shapes. It included a brief study of how different Archimedean solids are derived. It is so interesting to know that such different shapes have been derived out of a simple cube. Before exploring the structure, space frame was studied to understand geometry
Now the interesting part was creating living spaces inside these shapes. Here the structure was also to be considered. Small Rhombicuboctahedron
It is a 26-faced Archimedean solid formed by truncating a cube from all the sides. The program was to design an exhibition space inside this rhombicuboctahedron. I started designing by dividing the solid into two equal parts.
As they were divided equally, I thought of connecting them together and started imagining spaces inside them.
Spaces were created inside the solid. Along with the structure, floor was also added. The joineries were explored as to how this structure would join together. Tracings were used to cover the structural frame to analyze the number of bracings required in the structure and also to see the bending of the outer structure. Here metal plate was used for connecting the corner, end as well as bracing junctions. These joineries were explored for Timber material.
Corner joinery Bracings joinery
PEOPLE AND PLACES STUDIO 3 The city of Pushkar possesses a strong sense of belonging and ownership among its residents. The lake in the middle of the city, along with its ghats and the pradakshina path is the anchor that makes the place and acts as a determining force. The site which was chosen for the intervention is a chunk of land in the middle of the urban fabric which is not directly on the edge of the lake but leads to the lake. The program is to design an institute of learning yoga and chanting.
INSTITUTE FOR YOGA AND CHANTING, PUSHKAR
Site model, pushkar
Measure drawing of Ram Ghat, Pushkar
Guest houses Chanting room Yoga space
The institute welcomes you with the essence of ghats. The steps at the entrance reminds you of the ghats. The yoga hall is in the entrance itself. As you move ahead there are classrooms for chanting. While roaming across the institute one may feel like sitting on the gogadas(otla) which are next to the guest houses.
EXHIBITION SPACE STUDIO 2 The process began with clubbing cubes representing close, semi open and open spaces. The concept was to make these spaces habitable. The sense of connecting these spaces, concepts of direction, light, orientation and openings were incorporated as the process was taken forward stepwise.
Now in the later stage, actual spaces were to be created keeping in mind these aspects. Structure was also to be considered. An exhibition space along with an artistsâ€™ studio was to be designed. The material was mud.
Now as open, semi-open and closed spaces were formed using the cubes, the next step was to observe the light entering into these spaces. Some spaces received diffused light, while some were extremely dark and some received direct light. The model above shows what kind of light each space would recieve at particular time of the day.
The excercise was to design an exhibition space using the above concepts.
CASE STUDY THE DOWNLAND GRIDSHELL ARCHITECT - EDWARD CULLINAN
The only purpose of using this node and clamp detail was that it allowed the required amount of rotation of the members while also having the sufficient clamping action required to fix the nodes in place.
The downland gridshell was the first of its kind to be built in Britain. Timber was a natural choice for the structure to support the preservation of historic timber framed buildings. The diagonal timber grid was initially formed flat on top of a supporting scaffold. Using gravity, the edges of grid were lowered gradually a few centimeters each day into a three dimensional shape.
End junction joinery
Achieving the form of gridshell using wooden sticks The Oak lath grid is placed one after the other and are connected together using metal Node and Clamps.
Now for further explorations in the model screws were used in between the sticks to form the grid.
Mezzanine glass detail
Laying centering for the vault
Laying ghuna tile
Ghuna tile vault
Casting adobe bricks Constructing adobe brick wall
Shuttering for the vault
BUILDING DREAMS IN MUD
Ghuna tile jali
‘Learning’ happens when maximum of the senses are involved in the process. ‘Building Dreams in Mud’- A hands on workshop was an opportunity to experience the ‘learning’ It provided hands on learning experience of the mud construction. After gaining certain level of understanding on our visit to Wardha, where the technique originated, we built a real scale structure in our college campus. The construction methodology, the structure and primary design remains the same. Some experimentations and explorations have been made to invite light differently.
Exploded axonometric view
Main building, Dharmalaya
Making sand bag staircase Digging Foundation Construction site
It was a residencial service-learning programme exploring both outer and inner sustainability, combining hands on training in earthen building and organic gardening with a daily meditation programme. It also included learning to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, while contemplating oneâ€™s relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living. We participated in the on-going contruction of a Yoga space.
Stone masonary for plinth Abobe brick wall Slate tile roof
SECTION OF DHARMALAYA CAMPUS
Making mud bricks
Storage Shed for cooking
secondary arch acting as a compression member transferring load of primary member to the columns rafter
supporting member of the primary arch to prevent itâ€™s deformation
section of a bamboo with two internodes and a node in between out of which split bamboos are inserted in one of the internode and other end has fish mouth
B primary arch made out of split bamboos pinned together behaving as a tensile member
DESIGN AND BUILD Mandangadh, Maharashtra
The workshop introduced the art of building with natural materials like bamboo and earth using both traditional knowledge and modern techniques along with understanding its environmental impact. The task was to design a pavilion with bamboo trusses and rammed earth wall.
Bamboo trusses were installed on the rammed earth wall. Split bamboos were used for making the arches inside the truss
‘Pol’ sketching on a rainy day
A doodle that represents my ‘home’
A walk through the Pols in old city of Ahmedabad Manek chowk
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Published on Mar 9, 2018