SWATHI SREEDHARAN Selected Works
Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measures the true value of any artwork.
- Frank L. Wright
CONTENTS Academic 01 Morphing spaces
02 Occupy Ground
03 Facade Study
Professional 04 Ayesha Resort
05 Corporate Office
06 Ambit Tech Park
Fabrication & Sketches
Flexible workplace using Transforming Pneumatic Inflatables
Location: Year: Studio: Advisor:
San Francisco Bay Area, California Spring 2018 Graduate Diploma Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Papanikolaou
With increased technology and connectivity in the digital age there is a rising trend of telecommuting in the workspace. Such trends leaves office spaces highly underused causing waste of space and energy. This project aims at maximizing workplace utilization by dynamically shifting boundaries based on occupancy in both space and time. The boundaries are shifted by using transforming pneumatic inflatables that divides the floor space as per the required occupancy and to accommodate change in the program of a workplace. Situated in Silicon Valley this space is intended for professionals that essentially work virtually and requires minimal physical resources. The surrounding landscape is intended as a public space.
The structure is a cable - membrane structure made with ETFE membranes and the cables running along the seams. When a smaller span space is required the cable is pulled down to divide the space. ETFE stretches up to 3 times its length without losing elasticity. The morphing Inflatable form was derived using the Grasshopper plug-in Kangaroo Physics.
Variations in the roof structure
Shape changing inflatable roof
Flexible Office space
Fixed plan surrounding the office area with air lock rooms and
The layered plan has a central nucleus that is essentially the flexible space with the transforming roof. This is surrounded by a fixed plan which includes the air - lock rooms, amenities and service rooms. This is in turn surrounded by the semi-public spaces like the lobby, amphitheater, cafe etc.
Lobby Space + Public Area
Exploded Axonometric view of the building
Prototype study showing the behavior of the inflating cable and elastic membrane structure.
CNC routed physical site model
Location: Year: Studio: Advisor: Collaborators:
Charlotte, North Carolina Spring 2017 Graduate Integrated Prof. Dr. Mona Azarbayjani Ibha Shrestha
Given the exclusive nature of an opera house, the proposal seeks to activate its premises and make it an accessible public space. The urban character of its location at the edge of Uptown also necessitates a space where people from all walks of life can come together and engage in various activities. The architecture of the opera house attempts to facilitate such a public space by integrating building and landscape to create spaces for additional programs, thus enriching the urban character of the place as well. This is achieved through blurring of the boundaries between building and landscape by allowing them to converge and coalesce.
Floor Plan - Tier 3
Physical Model of Wall Section
Physical Model of Wall Section
Physical Site Model
Intersection point Parametric point
Designing a Parametric Facade using an Adaptive Component
Program: Year: Class: Advisor:
Dynamo + Revit 2017 Computational Practice Prof. Chris Beorkrem
The aim was to design a façade component that has apertures where there are unhindered views. This means where there are open views there will be larger openings and where there are neighboring buildings blocking view there will be smaller openings.
Visualized Facade Pattern
Scripted Facade Pattern
The adaptive component is a triangular component. •The vertices of the triangle are the adaptive points. •Parametric points are defined on each edge of the triangle that moves along the normalized curve parameter. This parameter moves between the values 0 (largest apertures) and 0.5 (aperture is completely closed). •A third point is hosted on the intersection of the two lines. These points form the vertices of the internal triangle.
NCP = 0.45
NCP = 0.30
NCP = 0.10
Parametric points are defined on each edge of the triangle that moves along the normalized curve parameter (NCP). This parameter moves between the values 0 (largest apertures) and 0.5 (aperture is completely closed). Variation in the Facade Component
Decision Tree: Dynamo Script
Parametric points and facade pattern based on proximity of the neighboring buildings
Presentation Site Plans
AYESHA RESORTS Spa retreat amidst a Tea Plantation
Client: Mr. Ashik Thahir Location: Wayanad, India Year: 2013 - 2014 Firm: Stapati Bangalore Position: Project Architect Principal: George Seemon The site was located in the beautiful hills of Wayanad tea plantation in the country side of India. It demanded a vernacular cottage style design. The site comprised of the main block with reception and restaurants, the rooms block, the cottages, the suites and the spa.
Render of Reception area
Section of Rooms Block
Plan of Rooms Block
Presentation elevation of Reception Block
Presentation Plan of Reception Block
Presentation Section of Reception Block
CORPORATE OFFICE Office Building for Thai Group of Industries
Client: Mr. Ashik Thahir Location: Kerala, India Year: 2013 - 2014 Firm: Stapati Bangalore Position: Project Architect Principal: George Seemon Container boxes was the driving force of this project. The client being a businessman had easy access to container boxes. The container boxes were used to give niches in the open office plan that could be used as discussion areas and meeting rooms. The colorful boxes were contrasted with the gray aluminum and glass finishes. The massive aluminum paneled roof gave a floating roof effect.
Level 1 Plan
Level 2 Plan
AMBIT TECH PARK
Interiors for an IT office
Client: Ambit Technologies Location: Chennai, India Year: 2014 Firm: Stapati Bangalore Position: Project Architect Principal: Anupama Achar This was an interiors project with the main focus on the office layout and planning. The client had given a very comprehensive brief with all details of number of employees and required resources for them. The challenge was to provide a design within the given budget while giving a space that the employees would like to work in. As the spaces were small, glass partitions with thin aluminum channels made it light weight. Also the main accent color selected was lime green which gave a refreshing and light feel to the place.
CEO Cabin View
CEO Cabin Details
Furniture and Partition Layout
View of meeting room
FABRICATION & SKETCHES 36
Air Hugs Exhibition by Professor Rachel Dickey (Team work) The interactive installation exhibits 12 massive inflatable ‘lungs’ made of mylar that respond to the color red. (Image above)
The mylar was also used to create a tear drop patterned ‘3D wallpaper’ that reflected light on the wall. (Image below)
Digital Fabrication for the installation ‘Techno-ecologies’ for Architect/ Artist Zenovia Toloudi at the Storrs gallery at UNC Charlotte School of Architecture. The installation used fiber optic cables to bring light which was used to grow plants in the dark. (Team work)
Zero- Waste Bench made out of a single sheet of 4’x4’ Plywood. This was part of an assignment for the class ‘Good Fast and Cheap’ by Prof. Marc Manack.
The bench was a part of the Better Block Foundation event in Charlotte in 2017
Travel sketches done during various study tours and personal travels between 2006 and 2016
Selected works from graduate school and professional experience