ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO PALAK ARORA
WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS; THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US -Winston Churchill
C O N T E N T S RESUME ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS Final Year Design Dessertation,2016: ABHIVYAKTI, Pune's Riverside Cultural Center Fourth Year Architecture Design ,2015: City Museum, Indore Third Year Architecture Design ,2014: Public Housing,Mumbai
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Rumy Shroff Architects and Associates- Junior Architect Balsara House, 59 Malcolm Baugh Jogeshwari Veera Residential Tower,76 Avenue Santacruz Bhavesh Shroff Architects - Internship Corporate Ofď€ ce, Wadala
COMPETITION PROJECTS Hudco Nasa,2013: Shelter For Homeless,Mumbai
Hi, I am inquisitive and aspire for new creative ideas. I dene myself a loyal,adaptable, condent and a down to earth person.A strong believer in experimental process and hard work reaps desired results. I have analytical approach and skills to master the art of challenging myself. I'm looking for a fun active place to work which broadens my horizons and inspires and ignites my creative side.
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educational background 2011-2016
Rizvi College of Architecture,Bandra, Mumbai University Passed all years with rst class
Higher Secondary Certicate,Non-Medical, KC Public School,Jammu,J&k Distinction with 86%
Secondary School Certicate, Army Public School,Allahabad,UP Distinction with 94%
academic achievments 2011-2012
Topped in Building Construction and Architecture Design Theory
Topped in Theory of Structures and Humanities
Won citation for Rubens in N.A.S.A zonals in Indore
A.N.D.C entry got selected for N.A.S.A 2013 Participated for International Conference on Human Habitats Presented ID Portfolio for Rebuens trophy for excellent academic work
Won citation for Hudco in N.A.S.A Finale in Chennai Participated in exposure programme on Laurie Baker philosophy at LBC ,Kerala
Head of Sponsorship team for Annual College Arch Fest. Participated for International Conference on Human Habitats
awards and recognition
work experience Oct 2015-Feb 2016
INTERNSHIP at Bhavesh Shroff Architects at Ville Parle,Mumbai Hands on interior projects and appartment presentation drawings for clients. Research analysis on Green architecture practice in India. Worked on Working Drawing for a Bungalow in Tanzania. Product Design Competition for Kich India
June 2016- Nov 2016
JUNIOR ARCHITECT at Rumy Shroff Architects and Associates,MUMBAI Handled Architecture Project , Bungalow for client Mr Sam Balsara at Malcolm Baug,Mumbai. Got my hands on managing construction, communication with clients and contractors, Preparing BOQ and interiors of the bungalow.
Autocad Adobe Photoshop Corel Draw Sketchup
Model Making, Exhibit Design, Photography,Sketching,Reading Architecture.
Microsoft Word Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Excel Revit
others Organised, Good Listener,Time Puntual Loves Travelling , Hiking, Music
references Ar Madhav Deobhakta Ar Vivek Pai
Sane & Paymaster Architects 9920023484
Vivek Bhole Architects Pvt Ltd 9992008841
aspirations Financial Independence Derive joy from my work
Able to do sustainable architecture
PUNE’S RIVERSIDE CULTURAL CENTER
IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC SPACES
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"The measure of any great civilization is its cities and a measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares." John Ruskin Great public spaces are the living room of the city- the place where the people come together to enjoy the city and each other. Public spaces make high quality life in the city possible- they form the stage and backdrop to the drama of life. They promote community involvement, reflect the local culture or history and gives the city a unique special character. They are the urban canvas of possibilities for cultural expression, where landscape, architecture, urbanism, and the media design are in complete harmony. This offers flexible and exciting spaces with many possibilities for socializing and contemplation.
Diverse Cooperative Friendly Interactive Welcoming
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Uses & Activities
Fun Ÿ Active Ÿ Useful Ÿ Indigenous Ÿ Access & Linkage Sustainable Ÿ
Safe Clean Walkable Attractive Citable Comfort & Image
Continuity Proximity Connected Convenient Accessible
“PUBLIC SPACES HAVE POWER”
With the cities growing into urban sprawls and agglomerations, the need for a planned growth of cultural and public spaces in the expanded city is often ignored. The commercial, residential and other forms of works take the front seat in these developments which are a result of a real estate driven projects away from the city centers. The cultural and public Eiffel Tower, Paris realm falls sort in keeping pace with such developments. The fact that most Indian cities have realized the importance of developing their waterfronts only in recent years, clearly depicts the missing connection between the city and its water bodies. There is a need to switch the question: Not what is the value of imagination creativity, culture, heritage, the arts or design for the city development. Instead, what is the cost of imagination, creativity, culture, design, art and heritage?
With over 270 nationalities living in London and more than 300 languages spoken in the city, London is the most international city in the world. Londoners often regard the city's multiculturalism as one of its greatest strengths. They are proud of the city's vibrancy and diverse cultural make-up which is depicted in the city's public spaces. Tourist are flocking to the capital to experience the city’s cultural landmarks.
ISTANBUL MUMBAI SHANGHAI ROME TOKYO CHICAGO AMSTERDAM PARIS BERLIN MUNICH LOS ANGELES PORTLAND SAN FRANCISCO NEW YORK CITY JOHANESBURG STOCKHOLM LONDON RIO DE JANERIO VIENNA SYDNEY HONG KONG
“A better city is a more humane one, one friendly to children,the handicapped and old people, to society & most vulnerable members. ... Contrary to stereotypes, it is not its skyline that lends character to a city. Rather it is its human spaces, its pedestrian promenades, parks, plazas, libraries, and public transport. ... 50
CHALLENGE - STARVATION OF PUBLIC SPACES
Big Ben and The London Eye
Kilden performing arts centre,Norway
The Globe Theatre
Marine drive, Mumbai
London - “ The cultural capital of world”
THE WORLD IS NOW URBANISED
2008 1800 1950 2040 Cities are the greatest inventions of the human civilization, because its not a static object on space, but a living organism in time, always at flux; ever-changing and eternal. The overall culture of a place and the arts help define and shape identity, 50% 29% 3% 65% perception and image within the city's own terms. Images % of Population Living In Cities gained from the public image ability are used to create a public image of the city. These spaces are the realization of the importance of visual communication in the urban space, which brings together individuals, experience and planners in order for them to communicate on a common thread. To become completely lost is perhaps a rather rare experience for most people in modern city.
“IMAGE OF THE CITY”
MULLA MUTHA RIVER
JUSTIFICATION? PUNE - “THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF MAHARASTRA” Pune exemplifies indigenous Marathi culture and ethos, in which education, arts and crafts, and theaters are given due prominence. Hence the overall culture and art of a place helps to define and shapes its identity perception and image of the city in its own term. The city of Pune is categorised by age-old relics and forts (which are a standing testimony to the city’s glorious past) on one side, and a burgeoning IT Park on other side. It is city that has managed to have a perfect asemblance between the old and new world. Pune is known for the fact that it has lovingly preserved glorious legacies of the mighty Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Peshwas. This city is about that innate Maharashtrianess which is found in every Punekar’s language, food habits and general way of living life. Here is why Pune is called the cultural gem of Maharashtra. Sawai Gandharva
NH-7 Music Festival
The Land of Peshwa’s
The cultural past of the city cannot be perceived without considering the existence of water in the city. Therefore the immediate questions that arise are how and why the cultural and social association of the city with water led to negligence in the contemporary context? Can city and nature reciprocate each other for a better and resilient future?
DISCONNECTION BETWEEN THE CITY AND ITS RIVER Tambat Ali Peth, Pune
Burund Ali Peth, Pune
Ambil stream played an important role in North-South structuring of the Peshwa city
Utiliarian way of re-introducing water to the urban fabric, in turn engineered a reciprocal response in the form of cultural production of space
Industrialization and economic prosperity led to developments away from the city and its hydrological context
Urbanization and sprawl due to the infrastructural developments is degrading the ecology in the city.
Possible research and design concepts
Construction of Water edge, Flood walls made which in the past the city safe, but was place for disconnected the social cohesion urban life of the became a place city with its for social hydrology exclusion
Though human interference on city scale is leading to degrading ecology, an opp effect can be seen on a territorial scale where nature reciprocates to human intervention
Community, Economy and Ecology have played an important role in structuring the city in the past.
Floods of 1961
Construction Of After the Dams, canals and disastreous weirs, Colonial floods of 1961, hydrology urban water was completely seen as a threat changed the land to the city water dyamics of the city
Water was for socio-economic regeneration of the city
Pune being the cultural capital of the Maharastra state lacks an iconic social and cultural interaction urban public space with the wide possibility of developing its waterfront. The aim of the project is to experiment with spaces which perform as a catalyst for social interactivity along city’s riverside development. Hence it will lead to transformation into a unique cultural platform with recreation and entertainment facilities serving the city, its people and tourist a new dimension, meaning and scale of development.
ANALYSIS AND CONTEXT
CONCEPT USING NATURAL CONTOURS FOR ZONING KALYANI NAGAR
TOPOGRAPHY PROVIDE PUNTURES IN THE BUILT FORM FOR THE VIEW MAHARASHTRA
ZEN VIEW FACING RIVER FROM EXHIBHITION SPACES
PROVIDING RAMPS TO CONNECT STRUCTURES FACING THE RIVER AND THE LANDSCAPE
Map Of India Showing Site Location
AD OK RO
ADA B YERW MULLA MUTHA RIVER
BUILT AND UNBUILT Courtyards as connection Between different Built structures
LAYERS OF PLANNING
PLAY OF LEVELS WITH EXISTING CONTOURS
Semi open roof in form of Pergolas over the courtyards making the space look more height than the actual size.
AIRPORT R OAD
MASTER PLAN AT 7M
KID’S PLAY AREA
SECTION C AD OK RO
EXHIBHITION AUDITORIUM PARKING
DA B YERWA
MULA MUTHA RIVER N
SECTION AA’ ENTRANCE TO FOYER
VIEW FROM PROMENADE TO THE EXHIBITION AREA
KID’S PLAY AREA
AD OK RO
LOBBY ART GALLERY
DA B YERWA
MULA MUTHA RIVER
VIEW OF BANQUET AND PROMENADE
VIEW OF CAFETERIA FROM THE PROMENADE
SPILL OUT AREA
ADMIN TOILETS SEMI OPEN AREA
FOYER SEMI OPEN SPACE
SEMI OPEN SPACE
FOYER SEMI OPEN AREA
SEMI OPEN SPACE
ENTRANCE TO WORKSHOP AREA
BIRD EYE VIEW OF THE MEMORIAL WALL
ENTRANCE TO THE THEATRE
SEMI ENCLOSED SPACE BETWEEN LIBRARY AND THEATRE
VIEW FROM PROMENADE
VIEW FROM PROMENADE
BIRD EYE VIEW FOR PROMENADE
BALSARA HOUSE Site Area= 640 sq mt
59 MALCOLM BAUG, MUMBAI
Built up=460 sq mt
Balsara house is primarily designed on strong grid lines to make the best use of the site. The client owns another house adjacent to the site, we have created landscape as an element to connect both the bungalows. It has a double height entrance foyer to justify grandness. The house is planned on 3 levels-Basement is used for gymnasium and storage, Ground floor has two two entrances, entry one facing east and entry two facing south both leading to the same level with landscape and car parking in the front. Formal lounge, kitchen and dining are the main spaces on the ground floor. First floor consists of three bedrooms and a family room. Materials used are Australian white marble and travatine and for facade black granite river washed is used. Paving is done with grey sandstone and kandla stone. I was involved in Creating VFC Drawings + Coordination and communication with external consultants+ Monitoring project construction on site + Designing and developing drawings for interiors.
SOUTH ELEVATION - REAR
NORTH ELEVATION VIEW FROM GYMKHANA
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
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FIRST FLOOR PLAN
INTERIOR VIEWS The architecture and interior spaces had to be modern, technologically advanced and seamless. Interiors of the house is done in a very simple elegant manner with use of materials like walnut veneer and Australian marble. The main architecture grid is used to design the interiors as well. Alignment of each design element is taken care of with respect to another. Lighting is designed to create mood and also to emphasis on the texture of material used. Specks of colours are used in customized furniture and artifacts only keeping the basic canvas neutral with white marble and wooden laminate.
LIVING AND DINING ROOM
VIEW FROM ENTRANCE FOYER
VEERA LOBBY DESIGN
Materials like grey and brown traventine and white marble are used for the lobby area. LED strip lights are installed on the surface of the material. This forms an interesting pattern of reflection of light on the marble floor from the ceiling above. A grid of grooves is designed which flows from the flooring to the ceiling.
REFLECTED CEILING LAYOUT
A small plot located in Santacruz, developed for high end residential units. Site area is 580 sq ft. Zinc composite panels in dark and light grey is used for facade. An effective automotive parking system has been devised to provide essential parking spaces to fit within the height restrictions. The plan is rectangular like with floor layout divided into private, semi private and living area. Duplex lower level consists of a large living space and a guest bedroom and upper level consists of three bedrooms. One of the bedrooms is designed typically for master room with seating area and a walk-in wardrobe designed within. I was involved in Creating VFC Drawings + Coordination and communication with external consultants+ Monitoring project construction on site + Designing and developing drawings for interiors for toilets.
DUPLEX LOWER LEVEL
DUPLEX UPPER LEVEL
NORTH- WEST ELEVATION
CORPORATE OFFICE WADALA, MUMBAI
PROPOSED FURNITURE LAYOUT
D E SIGN 2015 ARCHITECTURE
CITY MUSEUM HEALTHY COMMUNAL SPACES
The site has gradual 9m contours and a lake on the rear side. The main idea for designing the city museum was using this gradual slope as a journey from the entrance to the museum to the sculpture garden at the end and provide interesting zen views throughout the journey.
TELEPORT FROM THE USUAL LIFESTYLE
DYNAMIC USE OF SPACES
DESIGN IDEOLOGY FOR A CITY MUSEUM
IS ACCESSIBLE AND APPEARS ACCESSIBLE
ESTABLISH THE MUSEUM CULTURE
PROGRAMME FOR THE YOUTH
City museum being a public building, the amphitheatre was designed as the focal center of the museum so one can access it from any part of the museum. It is designed such that it flows with the sculpture garden as well through water channel and it becomes a part of one’s journey.
PROVIDES MOTIVE FOR EVERYONE
ARCHITECTURALLY SPEAKS AND STAND OUT FOR CITY
A viewing deck is created which connects the exhibition space with the roof top café, from the deck one can view the beautiful stepped sculpture garden on one side and the entire museum on the other. The overhangs are designed with glass and wood fitted in a random grid like pattern to make the space feel like one’s walking under the tree with the play of shadow and light on the floor.
Kilden performing arts centre,Norway
CHALLENGE - STARVATION OF PUBLIC SPACES
WORKSHOPS MULTI PURPOSE ROOM
EAST SECTIONAL ELEVATION
NORTH SECTIONAL ELEVATION OPEN COMMUNITY SPACES
WEST SECTIONAL ELEVATION
D E SIGN 2014 ARCHITECTURE
TYPE A - Two 45 sq m unit & Two 65 sq m unit
TYPE C -Three 90 m sq unit
TYPE B - Four 45 sq unit & Two 60 sq m unit
MAHATMA GANDHI MAIDAN
BDD CHAWL SITE STUDY
Site Area= 1.6 Hectares Total No of Tenements=1.6 X 450 =710 TYPE X (45%)= 310 Tenements TYPE Y(32%)= 230 Tenements TYPE Z (24%)=160 Tenements In my design: A Building = 2 X + 2 Y=20 Floors Aâ€™ Building = 2 X +2Y= 18 Floors B Building = 4 X + 2Y=20 Floors C Building = 3Z =25 Floors i.e 45 sq units= 312 Tenements 65 sq units= 232 Tenements 90 sq units=150 Tenements
The design of the tower began with the idea of creating the maximum amount of public space. Instead of having a park or green space just on the ground level, the tower features many public green spaces at different level. The units are modular in terms of design planning. All bigger units are derived from the previous smaller unit design to maintain the same language for all types of people living in the society.
NORTH SECTIONAL ELEVATION
COMPARATIVE STUDY Countries housing ratio percentage in
living space in sq.m
82 : 18
47 : 53
38 : 62
6 : 94
10 : 90
Comparing four Indian Cities
Mumbai Area (Sq km )
Mumbai in 2006
Density number no. of elected Rel GDP pers/km % higher level of wards officials
VALUE FOR MONEY
FREEDOM MARKET POLITICS DREAMS
EAST SECTIONAL ELEVATION
Key lessons for MMR Township model, effective estate management Emphasis on public rental housing Demand & supply side subsidies for affordable housing by private sector Satellite townships
HUDCO NASA 2014
Space within the urban fabric e.g. of such spaces are spaces underneath viaducts, highways, abandoned construction site. These can be a byproduct that can be a part of the urban planning.
The idea that structure, much like in nature could be created out of cell. 100 individual pods could be changed and moulded as need, creating a flexible and adaptable unit.
CORE DESIGN The capsule is replaceable so that during the capsule can be pulled out and installed for the shelter less and also the perceivable future seems, to be for the structure as the capsule can be plugged out for maintenance. UNITS
The per person space is calculated in a reverse way, as multiple units combine opening into a multipurpose space. Therefore due to this greater than 50 sq.ft per person is achieved in the design. Hence a multifunctional unit of 3x2 m is used.
The unit is replaceable so that during emergencies the unit can be pulled out and installed for the shelter less and also the perceivable future seems, to be warranted for the structure as the capsule can be plugged out for maintenance.
Concept Overall The structure exists as a dynamic organism,agglomerations grand collectives of these minimum unit. composed of cellular units giving rise to the structure. This perspective consists of building from unit cells or capsules, to construct that works towards grand collective of the minimum unit.
Design Element: Flexibility of the Design A framework consisting individual capsules fixed to the central column core.
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Site with core (staircase block with midlanding)
Units For Disables and Workshops
Urban void CLOSED CONDITION
SEMI OPEN CONDITION
The per person space is calculated in a reverse way, as multiple units combine opening into a . Therefore due to this greater than 50 sq.ft per person is achieved in the design.
•The core is a staircase block with four mid landings. This facilitates easy connectivity without the use of passages in the design. All the clusters in the design are connected at the 3 different levels of the mid landing. •The ground floor cluster is also at three different levels with one passage unit connected to the core on all the three sides and a neighbouring toilet on two levels. •The ground floor clusters has units of the sizes of 2x2m, 2x4m, 4x4m. •The modules designed for the project are of universal nature which can come together in various possibilities on different site situations. •The clusters on new sites would be formed based on the site restriction and context of the new site. •The design possibilities can be varied according to density required, area allocated and height restriction.
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