PORTFOLIO SONAALI BHATLA
School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
SONAALI BHATLA CURRICULUM VITAE
Sketch Up, Revit (basic), Rhinoceros+ Grasshopper(ongoing as part of elective)
Visualisation Analysis Organisation Languages
Photoshop, Lumion, Vray Ecotect Indesign, Microso� Oﬀice English, Hindi, French
ACADEMIC 2014-Present Sem. 6 Sem. 5 Sem. 4 Sem. 3 Sem. 2 Sem. 1 2014
Cleared CBSE Board Exams with 97% aggregate St. Thomas’ Girls School, Mandir Marg, New Delhi
Cleared CBSE Xth Class Board Exams with 10 CGPA St. Thomas’ Girls School, Mandir Marg, New Delhi
19 January, 1996 email@example.com 8586947594 A-65 Kirti Nagar, New Delhi
Student, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi 77% (batch topper) 74% (second in class) 79% (class topper) 79% (class topper) 81% (batch topper) 80% (class topper)
Class Topper for 9 consecutive years St. Thomas’ Girls School, Mandir Marg, New Delhi
Curriculum Vitae Sonaali Bhatla
Summer Internship, Munish Verma & Associates Designed a students� hostel(preliminary dra�) & went for site visits.
PROJECTS SEM. 7(ONGOING)
First Prize, KoWo ‘17 held at Erfurt School of Architecture, FHE University, Germany(Team)
Winner, Facade Designing Competition, SPA-Delhi as part of workshop with German students from FHU University (Team)
Appreciation by judges, University of Westminster Internation Design Competition(Team)
Third Prize, Intra College Motto Writing Competition
All Round Student of the Year, St. Thomas’ School
Literary Minister, St. Thomas’ School
Represented India in SAARC Nations Art Camp
International Writing CompetitionsGold, Commonwealth Essay Competition Poetry published in book by British Council, as part of Inspired by Tagore International Writing Competition
2013 2013 2013 2013 2012
Debates et al.First Runner Up, Commotion Inter School Debate Second Runner Up, Rotary Club Debate Second Runner Up, Fr. Peter Marie Memorial Inter School Debate Third Position, Sarojini Naidu Inter School Poetry Recitation First Position, Velammal School National Level Debate(Chennai)
Workshop with German students(FHE University) Selected as part of student delegation for int. workshop in Germany.
Workshop with American students(University of Maine) Joint trip to Chandigarh & lectures by guest faculty.
Volunteer at Barefoot College, Tilonia Hands on experience of practicing vernacular building techniques and planting local plant species.
-Hotel Design -Dissertation: Tapping Accidental Spaces in Delhi -Cra� School, Goa
-Highrise Oﬀice Design, Nehru Place -Designing Slopes: Competition, FHE University, Germany -Highrise Facade Designing Competition -Library in China: 120 Hours -Temple for Hilma Competition
-Institute Design, Vivek Vihar -Activating Public Spaces: UOW Design Competition -ITI Energy Analysis & Retrofitting Recommendations -Nahargarh Fort Study
-Interpretation Centre Design, Badami -Badami Settlement Study -Badami Temple Element Study
-Post Oﬀice Design, Harmara -Residence Design, Malviya Nagar -Harmara Settlement Study
-Holiday Home Design,Hauz Khas -Measured Drawing in Tombs of R.K. Puram, Delhi
-Cafe Design, Garli -Garli, Neighbourhood Study
Academic. Competitions. Research.
ACADEMIC. INSIDE 01. Highrise 02 Skill Centre 03. Interpretation Centre 04. Residence 05. Holiday Home 06. Low Cost Toilet 07. Personal Pod 08. Wall 09. Dissertation- Tapping Accidental Spaces 10. Documentation- Nahargarh
THIRD YEAR, SIXTH SEMESTER ACADEMIC PROJECT
Can a highrise be something beyond a free-standing towersomething sustainable & humane, a living & breathing ecosystem that merges itself with the city rather than isolating it from it?
Site Nehru Place(65mx130m), surrounded by metro station, 2 highrises, Aastha Kunj Greens Design Problem Creation of a mixed-use building with the following functions:OďŹ€ices, Retail, budget hotel, EWS Residences.
Mixed Use Building Third year, Sixth Semester)
Sustainability((both environmental and lifestyle related) & response to the urban fabric are the key concepts governing the design. Keeping in mind that a highrise is experienced at eye level but also viewed from afar as a sculputure, the built mass is broken down into a series of shaded terraces and voids to respect the human scale, while also providing green open spaces. Masses and voids are carefully composed to create for an inviting not dominating highrise.
Sketchup Model rendered on Lumion & Photoshop
DESIGN DIRECTIVES Community Floor Fowing down to the Street
FUNCTIONS SUITED FOR LOWRISE OR HIGHRISE?
Open Spaces at Multiple Levels looking out at Aastha Kunj Greens and the Lotus Temple
(activating ground floor)
(connection to street)
South East Elevation: Seperate treatment of base, core, tower to create a composition of solids & voids, light & shadow, heavy & light.
The community level acts as the transition level where the city(street), retail, residences, hotel & oďŹ€ices merge & interact.
HOW TO ORIENT THE BUILDING?
LOW ACTIVITY STREET OUTWARD FACING SHOPS
VIEWS & PEOPLE FROM AASTHA KUNJ CONTINUOUS STEPS TILL COMMUNITY LVL
Astha Kunj Greens
connecting the street to all lvls.
LOW ACTIVITY STREET CREATION OF A PARALLEL FRONT
by creating enrances of various functions
to activate street
HIGH PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT EXTENTION OF NODE
to accomodte street vendors
Metro Station Eros Tower
A. The orientation of most of the built mass i.e. the Tower(Plan ) is North-South in sympathy with:-Views(Aastha Kunj Greens) -Climate However, as one comes down to the Base(plan ), the orientation gradually changes because of factors like movement patterns of people on ground making the base face major generators of crowd like Metro Station & Aastha Kunj greens. The change in orientation of tower & base is marked in elevation by tensile fabric joining parts of diﬀerent orientations.
Since majority of the energy loads in a building are due to HVAC consumption, the main focus is on reducing HVAC demands, followed by lighting needs. From provIding easily accessable and inviting open spaces for all functions to simply making st staircases e�ually visible as li�s in the core, an honest attempt has been made to encourage a sustainable lifestyle as well.
-Floorplate width kept at 16m -Light shelves at the southern side
Average Lighting Levels in Oﬀice Spce: 460 lux
SKILL CENTRE THIRD YEAR, FIFTH SMEMESTER
How can a participative and interactive learning atmosphere be created architecturally?
Site Vivek Vihar, New Delhi Design Problem Creation of a World Class Skill Centre with -Academic Block -Administration Block -Recreational Block
Skill Centre Third �ear, �i�h Semester
The design focuses on creating a participative and interactive learning atmosphere. This is possible when the spatial arrangement provides enough chances to do so. Interaction spaces of diﬀerent types(quiter intimate interactions to louder mass interactions) and levels(intra class, intra & inter department, intra block) have been provided. Also, visual(adequate daylighting) and thermal( adequate ventilation and insulation) comfort have been provided to sustain the interactions.
Intra- Department Interactions
Inter- Department Interactions
Model Made on Revit, Rendered on Photoshop
Common Recreational Area
ROOF TREATMENT China Moasaic Flooring Inverted Kulhad Insulation
WINDOW SHADING Bamboo Horizonta Shading
Skill Centre Third Year, Fiih Semester
Bamboo & Rice Hus Vertical Shading
WALL TREATMENT Bamboo Planters Brick Cavity Wall with Mineral Wool
HEIRARCHY OF SPACES HOW CAN DIFFERENT LEVELS OF INTERACTION BE CREATED?
WEST Hot looh, building closes in.
Existing tree cluster, building opens out. 3-D MODEL MADE ON REVIT
Classroom Seating made radial to imitate the act of ‘gathering around’ to encourage participative learning, and more focused sight lines. -Adequate Daylighting: 500 avg lux
Blocks Administration Block Academic Block Recreational Block Central Entrance Court Most Active Open Space:grounds and playing area Quiter spillout amidst the trees
Department -4 classes, 2 Labs -Climaticallly favourable arrangement -Open air Teaching Classrooms -Circulation spaces as interaction space.
INTERPRETATION CENTRE SECOND YEAR, FOURTH SEMESTER ACADEMIC PROJECT
SITE HOW CAN THE BUILDING MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS WHEN VIEWED FROM DIFFERENT PLACES?
A. From Badami Cave Temples
The building seems to emerge from the landscape and point at the the viewer, as if emphasising the importance of the site.
How can architecture express and enhance the understanding and experience of the temporal, spatial, social and cultural aspects of a place like Badami?
Interpretation Centre Second Year, Fourth Semester
Site Badami, Karnataka An irregularly shaped plot, flanked by a settlement & a pilgrimage route and facing the historically rich Badami cave temples and Agastya Tank. Design Problem Creation of an interpretation centre with -main gallery, local outreach, multi-purpose hall, library -cafe and shops -research space, guestrooms, oﬀices
The culture and interpretation centre is set in a strong natural, historic and social context. The design responds to these in broadly three ways. First, treating the overall form as a sculpture that means diﬀerent things from diﬀerent parts of the context. Second, carving open spaces from the built such that they accomodate the social context while the built frames the strong natural and historic context. And third, cr creation of dynamic internal spaces to enhance the meaning of the surroundings.
From Mahakuta Pilgrimage
From New Badami Town
The building seems to flow out of the landscape and point at the cave temples, as if emphasising their importance.
Framed views of Bhoothnath and other temples
From Pilgrimage trail: Gradual Revelation of the Lake
3. 4. 5. B. D.
Jaggedness of Caves
Interpretation Centre Second Year, Fourth Semester
Removal of all Frames
Sudden Change of Scale-Expanse of Badami
Series of Framed Views at each Turn
Sensing the Rocks
INTERPRETATION AREA HOW CAN THE MEANING OF A PLACE BE ENHANCED ARCHITECTURALLY?
The interpretation area curates a journey that abstracts the experience of the first explorers through the hills of Badami-going through unexpected proportions, views, light to create the rock cut masterpieces. The exploration is not just visual but also sensory and audi auditory. The journey starts with a gallery with irregular narrow spaces with jagged openings for views and light. With a sudden turn, it opens into an expansive panoramic view of Badami. Then, one goes underground to the rock sensory gallery, finally paving way for a series of cu curated views of the Cave Temples, the lake, Bhoothnath temple. Next, all frames are removed for an unobstructed view of Badami. Later, one goes up to explore the market by locals, local performances and workshops of stone masons to understand how and why the mas masterpieces were created.
1. RECEPTION 2. INTERPRETATION GALLERIES 3. WATERFRONT SITTING AREA 4. OAT 5. WATERFRONT CAFE 6. SHOPS MU 7. MULTIPURPOSE HALL 8. COMMUNITY OUTREACH -STONE CARVING 9. STONE CARVING OUTDOOR WORKING AREA 10. SPACE FOR LOCAL MARKET 11. LIBRARY 12. OFFICES 13. RESEARCH 14. STAFF COMMON ROOM 15. GUEST ROOM
MAHAKUTA PILGRIMAGE TRIAIL
8 9 7
TOWARDS BHOOTHNATH TEMPLE
2 6 4 5 TOWARDS NEW BADAMI TOWN
BADAMI CAVE TEMPLES
CLOSED OPENNESS HOW CAN PRIVATE OPEN SPACES BE CREATED IN THE MIDST OF PUBLIC SURROUNDINGS?
SECOND YEAR, THIRD SEMESTER ACADEMIC PROJECT
How can privacy be maintained whilst providing openness?
Site Malviya Nagar, New Delhi Design Problem Creation of a residence for two. The design seeks to provide a residence for a couple to whom privacy is important as well as a sense of openness. The is done by simply dividing the house into two blocks( public and private functions) and rotating the blocks. This cuts direct contact with the neighbours by opening the house into an inward looking green area. Provision of cozy corners and green connections between the two blocks also spring out as elements of private-openness.
Residence Second Year, Third Semester
Cozy corners looking into private green open spaces.
CREATING INWARD LOOKING VIEWS:
SERVICE LANE Living
Extruded volume: No View, directly looking into neighbours plots
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
FIRST FLOOR PLAN
Breaking up the volume and rotating the blocks for scope of more openings for views and ventilation.
Oï¬€ice Bedroom Guest Bedroom
Service Lane (Quiter)
BLURRED BOUNDARIES HOW CAN THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN THE INSIDE AND THE OUTSIDE BE BLURRED?
HOLIDAY HOME FIRST YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER ACADEMIC PROJECT
How can natural topography and vegetation be used to create a space?
Site Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi Design Problem Creation of a holiday home for two.
Holiday Home First Year, Second Semester
By letting elements like trees and natural contours present on the site inside the home, the boundaries between the inside and the outside have been blurred to create a space that is private and inside, but still feels connected to the nature outside. This eï¬€ect is further enhanced by blurring walls that diminish into the ground to give a glimpse of what lies outside.
Y VIEW C
LOW COST TOILET
SECOND YEAR, FOURTH SEMESTER ACADEMIC PROJECT
How can a low cost toilet using innovative materials be created?
Site Villages in and around Delhi Design Problem Construction of a toilet for rural India in 14,000 rupees(200 $) The low cost toilet developed in a group of 4, reduces cost by:-Replacing bricks by tubelights(non- recyclable carcinogenic part). -Devising a new brick bond to accomodate the tubelights. - Using eco-san(ecological-santitation) toilet system that does not need water, thus, no need for sewerage. ��er every nine months the faeces completely compost to organic manure that can be used in farms.
Low Cost Toilet Second Year, Fourth Semester
Steps of Construction
Carry out excavation
Pour Compacted Malba
Fix verticals in a staggered way in pots, tied to horizontals using ‘sandh ki Fix PVC Door. rassi’.
Lay the footing with grade C bricks.
Lay DPC at floor lvl. Fix second set of vertcal tubelights with 40 dia PVC sleeve with Fix chicken-wiremesh to Epoxy sealant. post using cobblerâ€™s nail.
Earthen pots fixed in masonary as foundation (970x230x400)
Fix flooring. Carry out mud-plastering.
First, construct 1 L-shaped post with voids for tube-lights.
While making the 2nd post, place tubelights simultaneously.
Angles welded together & fastened in 150x50 concrete blocks in post.
Waterproof the plaster using layer of epoxy.
PERSONAL POD SECOND YEAR, THIRD SEMESTER
Personal Pod Second Year, Third Semester
As a time problem to be done in class, we were asked to create a pod for ourselves. My pod is a dynamic gaming space that curates a journey to the top via diďŹ€erent stages of travel and rest that let me see the world from a diďŹ€erent perspective at ech level.
FIRST YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER
We were asked to design a wall that seperated our studio from the passage. My design addresses the problem of ‘not being able to work in the studio’ by creating focus through perspective. The light coming from the window is focused by walls at diﬀerent angles.
Elevation from the Studio
Wall First Year, Second Semester
Elevation from the Passage
TAPPING ACCIDENTAL SPACES IS THERE A POSSIBILITY OF RE-INVIGORATING THE PUBLIC REALM OF DELHI BY THE PROCESS OF UTILISATION OF ITS ACCIDENTAL SPACES?
DISSERTATION FOURTH YEAR, RESEARCH PROJECT (ONGOING)
Is there a Possibility of Re-invigorating the Public Realm of Delhi by the Process of Utilization of its Accidental Spaces?
AIM The dissertation aims to find out if there exist accidental spaces in Delhi and if there is a possibility of re-invigorating the public realm of Delhi by the process of utilisation such accidental spaces.
Dissertation Fourth Year, seventh Semester
- To understand the concept of accidental spaces by defining their meaning and causes of formation. - To categorize accidental spaces into types on the basis of scale and reason of formation. -To understand the relationship between accidental spaces and the public realm. -To study the utilisation of accidental spaces using case studies and then to categorize them on the basis of ownership and type of activity. -To understand accidental spaces in the context of Delhi by first, locating them within Delhi. -To conduct a primary case study to understand the willingness of the stakeholders to take part in transforming such spaces. -To provide conclusions on the reasons of success/failure of such ventures in Delhi.
INTRODUCTION The world is in a constant state of urbanisation. In 2015, 54%(4 billion) of the world’s population lived in urban areas(UN World Cities Report 2016). Delhi in particular is set to grow to 28.6 million people in 2015, becoming one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world (UN World Cities Report cited in Dash 2012). However, the sheer lack of space for public recreation and interaction has rendered many city inhabitants devoid of a socially inclusive, safe and violence-free city experience. As Jan Gehl(2011) puts it, the poor �uality and sheer lack of public spaces have le� only the ‘necessary activities’ prevalent in the city. While ‘optional and social’ activities like taking a walk, chatting with friends that are dependant on favourable external conditions and in turn add to a favourable urban environment, have been missing. Thus, it is important to look around and identify spaces in the city that have the potential to contribute to this demand. po In the light of this, residual spaces present in the city are both the the cause and the solution to the problem of degraded public realm. Accidental spaces intersect the public realm and are not defined functionally. Thus, these may be unused, underused or disused, extending their negative influence to the public realm. However, when such accidental spaces are utilised, they get defined functionally and thus, are no longer accidental. In this way the public realm gets extended and enriched by the utilisation of such spaces. Despite this being a relatively newer topic, the potential of these places has started getting recognised the world over. Today, competitions for the utilisation of such spaces are doing rounds not just in places outside India, but within India as well wherein students are encouraged to develop such spaces with the help of the community. Certain examples exist in India too. The Rock Garden in Chandigarh, developed in buﬀer land between the government areas and the city was created out of waste stone. Initially illegal, the site was later recognised by the government in its role as a major public space. Delhi is still deemed as a city with an unsafe urban realm. Can the residual spaces in Delhi act as the catalysts in re-invigorating its public realm?
THIRD YEAR, FIFTH SEMESTER DOCUMENTATION WORK
What were the construction techniques and methods used in the Fort of Nahargarh?
Site Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur The study done in a group of four covers various aspects regarding the construction of the queen’s palace in Nahargarh Fort. The study is done from a macro to a micro scale ranging from the overall spanning, the overall drainage system to the smaller details like roof & wall finishes, woodwork details, dome, chhajja, spout details etc. Some of the documentation has been shown on the right:-
Nahargarh Documentation Third �ear, Fi�h Semester
Louvred Window Section
TERRACING & FINISHES
Chhajja Detail Plan Showing Spanning System
Floor Trap & Drain Detail
COMPETITIONS. WORKSHOPS. INSIDE a. �oa Cra� School b. Temple for Hilma c. UOW Public Space Transformation Competition d. Facade Designing Competition e. Feel the Slope f. Tilonia g. SAARC Nations Art Camp
SCHOOL OF CRAFT STATUS: RESULT AWAITED
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A TEMPLE FOR HILMA TEAM OF 3 (2017)
Temple for Hilma 2017
Unity & Duality
Evolution through Journey of Life
Tower of Guiding Light
Six Point Star Universe
An international competition to design a museum to house the paintings of the artist Hilma-Af-Klint. The museum is based on the theme of four stages of life as described by Hilma and the various symbols she used in her paintings.The museum aims to unify the duality of the site(material & natural world) through the journey of life experienced in the Temple of Hilma.
The Journey The four main galleries are- the chilhood gallery set at various levels, the youth gallery set in the backdrop of the material world, the adult gallery at first making only the paintings in front visible and later the old age gallery making all paintings visible in retrospection. In the end one enters the tower of guiding light where one feels the presence of the higher masters Hilma connected to. The journey culminates at the waterfront deck facing the union of dualities- the horizon, where one looks at their reflection in self introspacetion with the realization that the higher presence is of nobody else’s but their own. Symbols The movement of the journey is spiral, the symbol used by Hilma for the evolutionary journey of life. Similar to Hilma’s depiction, the museum is composed of two inverted triangles pointing in opposite directions towards the material and natural world. This duality is unified at the culmination of the journey in the form of a six point star-the universe formed by the building & its reflection(image on the le�).
GALLERY A- CHILHOOD GALLERY B- YOUTH GALLERY C-ADULTHOOD & OLDAGE
UOW ‘16-17 STATUS: APPRECIATION BY JUDGES
University of Westminster International Design Competition (Team of 4)
Site Space Under Foot-over Bridge, ITO, New Delhi As part of University of Westminster International Design Competition, we were to identify a disused public space and make interventions to activate the space. The identified disused space was a pedestrian passage between the back of a bus stop and the boundary wall of a building. In order to activate it, we utilized the unused space abutting it, under the foot-over bridge by giving the functionless space a purpose. String art was used to hang planters and create a seating space. The space became a moment of meaning-a point of pause in the pedestrian journey. Media Coverage TIMES OF INDIA(7 October ‘16)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/Delhi-Students-use-stri ng-architecture-to-beautify-neglected-public-spaces/videoshow/5473845 5.cms
DECCAN HERALD(9 October ‘16)
NAVBHARAT TIMES(7 October ‘16) TAMIL SAMYAM(7 October ‘16)
Movie https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2QTcRAGpgi8cEE1Y3 Y5dUVHRXM
heavy vehicular trafﬁc
APPROACH USING MATERIALS LIKE WASTE BOTTLES, STRINGS, WOODEN PLANKS FROM THE COLLEGE DUMPYARD THAT ARE EASY TO SOURCE AND WORK WITH, ENSURING MAXIMUM COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION & PARTICIPATION.
pleasant pedestrian movement
a point of pause
buffer from trafямБc
space for posters &/or art plants as a response to the delhi pollution response to the need for a shaded space to sit
FACADE DESIGNING STATUS: WON
As part of an intra-batch competition in an Indo-German group of five, we were to create a facade for a highrise in Delhi. In response, we created a green facade that aims to reduce energy consumption in five ways:-
shading Western Facade Elevation (Half Closed)
Western Facade Elevation (Open)
Facade Designing 2017
Southern Facade Elevation (Half Closed)
Southern Facade Elevation (Open)
FEEL THE SLOPE STATUS: FIRST PRIZE
As part of the competition held in Erfurt School of Architecture(FHE University, Germany), we were asked to design something using slopes in an Indo-German group. We created an experimental box that exploited slopes to bring about a change in human emotions.
Feel the Slope 2017
TILONIA JUNE 2016
Tilonia June 2016
A place where sustainability was not just preached but also practiced, in Tilonia I lived the values that I had learnt about in theory in college. As a volunteer at the Barefoot college, I got a hands on experience in arch construction, stone wall masonry. Working in the nursery, I helped in the plantation drive of local species- collecting seeds, preparing seeds for germination, watering plants etc. In the process, I absorbed the knowledge & ideals of the people I worked with- the key to living a sustainable lifestyle.
SAARC NATIONS ART CAMP MAY 2012
SAARC Nations Art Camp May 2012
I was selected to be a part of the the Indian delegation for ‘Cultural Confluence’- a SAARC Nations Art Camp. The week-long camp with students from all SAARC nations, held in Hotel Ashok proved to be a melting pot of diﬀerent cultures and ideas. From exploring the heritage of Delhi to creating paintings, the camp ended with felicitations for students by ambassadors of SAARC nations, and more importantly, with friendships for lifetime!
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