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Varun chowta

Architecture portfolio


Contents

Curriculam vitae pg2 Revival of humanity- Transgender community activity centre ( Under graduate thesis) pg3 Occupational housing - For the toy maker’s community pg15 Contemporary dance school pg23 Neighbourhood bank pg29 Other works pg33 Internship works Pg34 Competetion entry Pg51


Name : Varun chowta Date of birth: 25-03-1992 Education: 1998-2008 Sri vidya mandir education society, Bangalore. 2008-2010 Sri bhagawan mahaveer jain college, Bangalore. (B.Architecture) 2010-2015 The university school of design, Mysore Work experience : Anthill design , Ahmedabad (internship) (January 2014 - May 2014) Locus architects,Bangalore (Feb 2016 - Aug 2016) Address : #30/106 ‘ratna kutir’ 11th b cross, 11th main Malleshwaram , Bangalore 560003. Languages: English,Tulu,Kannada,Hindi,Tamil. Other interests: Travelling , Sports

Email id: chowtavarun@gmail.com Mobile : 8095180657 Landline : 080-23348457

Technical skills Autocad Rhinoceros Google sketchup Photoshop Illustrator Indesign Windows movie maker Model making


REVIVAL OF HUMANITY   


Who is a Transgender? a man who wears a saree? or a female who feels trapped in a man’s body? Well its both and more.There cant be just one definition for a Transgender as the condition can be a result of biological,harmonal,psychological.genetic,environmental or just a delusional factor.Hence the bottom line sounds as philosophical as scientific,a persons’s gender is what the person chooses, in other words no doctor or government can decide a person’s gender. We see a pattern of violence directed towards people just because they are transgender. There is a widespread bias at schools, workplace, hospitals etc. In most of the cases their own family members disown them as soon as their true gender identity is revealed leading to a high rate of illiteracy in the community.They have limited access to healthcare services,education and livelyhood oppurtunities. Hence they form a community and live on the fringes of society.Due to lack of education and job oppurtunities they resort to begging, extortion, prostitution,singing and dancing at weddings and functions.

Aim of the intervention: - To provide a platform for the community to prove to the society that they are capable of providng quality work and to help them reclaim respectable status in the society like in the ancient times - To open the gates of job oppurtunity. - To create a space that binds society together and helps promote an inclusive atmosphere.


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Location : Bangalore , India. Area: 8.4 acres The site is located in the north most part of the palace grounds, which is one of the most urban scenarios with a varying context all around with a steady amount of motorised as well as pedistrian traffic.It is a sensitive node located in the centre of the city. Site justification:

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REST OF PALACE GROUNDS AIR FORCE SCHOOL AND QUARTERS RESIDENTIAL AREA MILITARY AREA PUBLIC PARK SITE


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SITE AND SURROUNDINGS

MEKRI CIRCLE

CV RAMAN ROAD

AIRPORT ROAD


“My role as an architect in this project is to envisage a centre that most conduvtively tackles the problems of the stigmatised group of the society and bringing them to the mainstream”. “I believe it is the role of an architect to visualize the kind of spaces and functions, zoning of the complex that go hand in hand to pull together a downtrodden decor of the society”.

DESIGN APPROACH After an intense research and spending time with the community to understand their struggle and lifestyle and their needs, i arrived at a solution in the form of building programmes that: - Provide Vocational training facilities and employement oppurtunities to the transgender community - creates public awareness about the transgender community and erases the social stigma. - that bridges the gap between the society and the transgender community. - brings in a sense of security to the community. Public spaces Transgender exlusive spaces

Initial sketches

Main road with vehicular and pedestrian enterance to the site

Rigid exterior massing Primary zoning done based on the accessibility to public spaces and privacy to transgender exclusive spaces.

Transition from rigid exterior to fludic interiors .

O REPRESENT THE STRUGGLE OF THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY, THE METAPHOR OF "FROM DARKNESS TO THE LIGHT" IS USED. RIGIDITY ON THE EXTERIOR MASSING IS BALANCED WITH A FLUIDIC AND SOFTENED CORE ON THE INSIDE. NARROW NARRO OPENINGS WHICH LEAD TO ACTIVITY GENERATORS SHALL REPRESENT THE FREEDOM OF THE COMMUNITY


Master plan

Ground floor plan

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First floor plan

1. Museum of transgender history and art gallery. 2. Market / stalls 3. Handicrafts and handloom making/training centre 4. Designer boutique / Training centre 5. Beauty salon / Training centre 6. Open air theatre / Entertainement block 7. Outdoor reacreational space 8. Short-stay home 9. Primary health-care center 10. NGO offices 11. Parking area 12. Central plaza/interaction area 13. Cafeteria


Museum of transgender history and art gallery

This program is to create awareness and to educate the youth and the people about the history and lives of the transgender community. The museum was designed to give the visitors a tour of the history and lifestyle of the transgender and also to display their talent in the field of arts.

Transgender history gallery

Basement plan

Outdoor display

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Ground floor plan

First floor plan

So the museum is designed in such a way, the vistors are made to visit the “ MUSEUM OF TRANSGENDER HISTORY” first, which is located in the basement and is designed to make the visitors experience the struggle and hardships in the lives of transgender people, the basement is designed to be a dark and a dingy place with uneven flooring with only minimum sufficient light allowed through lightwells and skylight to see the display. After experiencing the History of transgender gallery, the visitors are led to the ground floor open display area , showing the transition from suppression to freedom (Darkness to light)

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Top: Museum of transgender history(underground)

Below: View of the museum’s open display area


Short-stay home

Ground floor plan

First and third floor plan

Second and fourth floor plan

- Short stay home is provided for the transgender persons assisiting to run the programmes and the visiting transgenders from other places for various training purposes and events held on site. - The ground floor consists of common dining area and an outdoor garden to cultivate vegetables and crops that can be used for cooking. The aim is to develop a sense of responsibility amongst the community members. - The first floor and second floor have identical floor plans consisting of two 6 bed dormitoriesand single bed/double bed rooms respectively. Different fabric is repeated on the 3rd and 4th floors.

View of the short stay home with outdoor garden

- Each floor is provided with common gathering spaces for interaction among the residents.


Top : view of the handicraft and handloom making and training centre Below: view of the stalls in the market with solar panels also serving as sunshade .


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Master plan


Bedroom 3x3

All the houses including 1,2 and 3BHK were designed with the concept of sharing a common courtyard and common workspace to reduce built up area and encourage community bonding and interaction.

Garden 3x2 Toilet 1.3x2

Bedroom 4x3

Toilet 2x3

Common courtyard 4 x 4.5

Toilet 2x3

Living room Kitchen Kitchen 6x3 2x3 2x3

Entry Bedroom porche 3 x 3 Store room 3x3

Common workpace 3x4

Bedroom 4x3

Living room 6x3

Bedroom 3x3 Garden 3x2

Entry porche Bedroom 3x3 3x3

Plan 3BHK (2 units)

View of 3BHK cluster

View of 2BHK cluster


Bedroom 4x3

Store Kitchen 2.5 x 2.5

Living room 7x3 Entry porche Bedroom 3x3 3.5 x 2.5

Bedroom 4x3

Common courtyard 4x2 Toilet Toilet 2x2 2x2 Common workspace 4x2

Store Kitchen 2.5 x 2.5

Living room 7x3 Bedroom Entry porche 3x3 3.5 x 2.5

Plan 2BHK (2 units)

Kitchen 3x1.5 Garden 3x2 Toilet 2x2

Bedroom 4x3 Living room 4x3 Entry porche 2x2

Kitchen 3x1.5

Bedroom 4x3

Common courtyard 4x3

Living room 4x3

Garden 3x2 Toilet 2x2

Common workspace 4x2

Plan 1BHK (2 units)

View of 1BHK cluster

The clusters of houses are designed in such a way that each cluster has its share of green lungspace and every house has a good view of it.


View of the common courtyard: Common space shared by two units , which promotes interaction between the families

View of the common workspace: Common workspace shared by two units to reduce built up and encourage team work and unity amongst the toy maker’s community.


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  

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  

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     

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   

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Other works

History model (group work) sem 1

History model (gr

Bus stop


Existing room redesign ,semester 2

roup work) semester 4

p Design 1st sem

Roof model,time problem


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