Spatial Design Portfolio
Environmental (Spatial) Design Student - Art Center College of Design Alumni - National Institute of Design
The Coachella Wave
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Studio Project, ACCD (2013) Classroom Projects, ACCD (2013)
Chumbak Comes to LA Studio Project, ACCD (2013)
Anatomy of Plaster Classroom Project, ACCD (2013)
Living Heritage Internship Project, India (2012)
Alibaba & The Forty Thieves
Internship Project, India (2011)
World of Films Internship Project, India (2011)
A story through Light - Sarkhej Roza Studio Project, NID (2010)
A Day at the Chinese Market Studio Project, NID (2010)
School for ‘All’ Studio Project, NID (2009)
The Coachella Wave
Interactive Installation Design
Interactive diagram showing the rise and fall in canopy height based on density of crowds
This project is an initial attempt in reconfiguring spaces and managing crowd movement through a responsive system between the people and their environment. Based on the analysis and data of crowd movement within the Coachella grounds, â€˜The Coachella Waveâ€™, is a responsive canopy structure, which rises and falls based on and density of people under it. As the density of crowds increases, the canopy rises in height and vice-versa. The form of the canopy was designed, taking inspiration from super-structures and using form-finding, hex grids and minimal surfaces.
Plan and Elevation of one unit of the Canopy showing the sensor placement and range
As the crowd moves through the space continuously, it causes a wave to emerge within canopy. The canopy is comprised of two units - the kinetic unit is made of inflating lungs, which are activated by the occupancy sensor within the rigid unit. As the density of people under the sensor range increases, it actuates the lungs to be inflated, causing the canopy to rise. When the density of crowds is below a certain range, the air vents are switched off, causing the canopy to sag under its own weight. At night a light placed in the rigid structure moves up and down with the canopy creating psychedelic patterns on the kinetic fabric structure.
Playing With Parametrics
Parametric Design Explorations
These projects deal with creating experimental architecture concepts using parametric design tools (Grasshopper) to challenge the existing norms of structure and form. From data analysis, to urban planning, to creating skyscrapers, to transforming traditional architecture, to creating inspiring forms, different techniques were used to create each of these design explorations. Certain physical techniques of reproduction were also used such as: 3D printing, Laser Cutting, Form Finding, Folding, CNC milling, etc.
â€˜Chumbakâ€™ Comes to LA
Chumbak is a brand rooted in showing of the true experience of India through humorous illustrations and kitschy products. This project deals with the brand strategy for launching Chumbak in LA. Bringing the chaos, color and craziness of India to LA through the brand.
Stage 1 Series of Pop-Up Installations
Stage 2 A Mobile Pop-up Launch Event
Bam! Instant Chumbak Party!
Chumbak Truck driving through the streets of LA
BAK PARTY IN A BOX
Setting up the event
As a strategy to launch Chumbak in LA – the driving capital of California, Chumbak decided to bring its own fleet of wheels into the city, inspired by the everyday life of India. A system of different kinds and sizes of mobile structures – from the 3 wheeled auto rickshaw to the massive decorated trucks, this fleet of Chumbak is coming to take over the streets of LA. A mobile fleet of pop-up structures which kick-starts an instant Chumbak party, anywhere, anytime. It’s a party in a box!
Anatomy Of Plaster
One of the techniques used for casting Plaster
‘Anatomy of plaster’ was inspired by the connectivity of the nervous system, the structure of mass and veins of the human body. This project was a part of a Material Innovation Lab, wherein we explored different techniques of using common materials. Creating unique techniques for casting plaster in balloons, and using twine and dye to mould the form were explored to create these sculpture forms inspired by the human anatomy. The final piece was conceived to be a ‘Building Block’, which can also be used in construction as panels by replacing plaster with a stronger material.
The Living Heritage
Cultural Theme Park
Ethos Junction â€“ Gathering space to provide an active experience character Street. The amphitheatre - Inspired by Indian rock-cut architecture
The outdoor spaces have been designed and conceptualized through narrative styling to hold an immersive setting, giving the park a visual character and identity.
rizing the vibrancy of an Indian
Elevation of the Amphitheatre Structure
The Living Heritage Centre is a theme park based on Indian culture proposed in Navi Mumbai, India. The brief for this project was to design all the exterior spaces of the park. The outdoor spaces were designed to reflect the architectural heritage of India, and creating a narrative through the time-line of Architecture. The building facades thus had the replication of Ancient Indian Architecture at the entrance and evolves into different styles as one walks through the space. The outdoor spaces also had a â€˜miniature monument walkâ€™ with world heritage monuments of India as an attraction.
Alibaba And The Forty Thieves
Ride Design for Theme Park
Plan of the Ride showing the track and all the rooms
Adlabs Imagica, located near Mumbai, is India’s first ever theme park, recently opened in April 2013. I have worked on the conceptualization and visualization for the ride “Ali Baba and the 40 thieves” as proposed by our team for the Theme Park. The ride is a narrative experience through the story of Alibaba, one of the stories of “Arabian Nights”, wherein the visitors have to find the thieves and shot them with a laser gun. The ride goes through many rooms which were characterised to look like Arabian market places, palaces and cityscapes.
The World Of Movies
Master Planning for Film City, Mumbai
Master Plan of the new proposed Film City
In collaboration with BIG ND Studios and SS Architects, I was a part of the team, who worked on the proposal for the redevelopment of the Film City in Mumbai, a 500 acre landmass. This project involved intensive research and study of the site which I was a major part of. We conceptualized the master plan with the architects for this huge area, with the aim of making it a tourist atrraction. Thus, along with the major facilities and stages for shooting, the site also had thematic zones, hotels, a central street inspired from Universal City Walk and many other attractions.
A Story Told Through Light - Sarkhej Roza
Experential Lighting Design for Heritage Site
Sarkhej Roza is a famous Islamic heritage monument in Ahmedabad, India. To enhance the aesthetic appeal of the monument and to let people absorb its magnitude and beauty even at night, a lighting proposal for Sarkhej Roza was put forward. It was decided to tell the [made-up] story of a queen waiting for her king to grace her palace; The king who doesn’t show up and invites her wrath. We decided to select our themes for lighting from among “the nine rasas” (roughly, essence or emotion), and corresponding “bhAvas” (moods) of Indian aesthetic theory of the “Nātyasāstra”.
Day In The Chinese Market
Museum Gallery Redesign
Plan, Elevations and Zonal views of the Childrenâ€™s Gallery
This project deals with the redesign of the Childrenâ€™s Gallery at the Baroda Museum, India. Taking the dictum of the Baroda Museum being a peek into the world, I decided to have an immersive and interactive experience for the kids gallery which would give them a glimpse into the different cultures of the world. The gallery shown here depicts a Chinese Street Market,wherein each display talks about an aspect of the chinese culture such as architecture, costume, cuisine, language, festivals, arts and crafts, etc; in an interactive
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Designing School Spaces for Inclusive Education
Diagrams explaining the system of schools in India and strategies to make it Inclusive.
The goal of this project was to come up with strategies for inclusivity and universal design in school spaces for India. For this purpose, it was important to study and analyse the school system and inclusive education in India. The research and analysis was taken forward to develop “model” classrooms, accessible for children with various kinds of special needs. A manual was developed for the “model” spaces with guidelines on classroom, organization, colour, ergonomics, child access, graphics, furniture. As live example, a proposal for an existing school in Ahmedabad , India was also developed.
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Tanvi Sonavane Environmental (Spatial) Design Student - Art Center College of Design Alumni - National Institute of Design