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Solo Space

Semester 3 | Architectural Design

Ar. Ravi Hazra
Ar. Porus Master
Ar. Ashley Fialho
Ar. Saurabh Jain
Ar. Swapna Hankare
Ar. Rohit Karekar
Ar. Richa Raut

Studio Conductors

A weekend getaway is something that every working class individual would long for to escape the hustle bustle of their daily life and find time for their own self. The First Module of Third Semester Architectural Design studio asked the students to design a getaway Solo space for their own self, with themselves being the sole user. The requirement helped to understand the space in proportion with its function while giving the potential for form exploration.

With an aim to break preconceived notions of spaces for everyday activities while anthropometrically studying the optimum areas required for each activity, along with understanding the content of enclosure required for any activity, the studio progressed for six weeks into an intense process of thought and its architectural reflection. Architectural elements required to create or define that space, along with different articulation required for different activities were understood. To understand in-between spaces as thresholds/transitions/climatic buffers between habitable spaces, to understand the nature of private/public activities and spatial qualities of the same, to understand relationship between forms and their juxtaposition and finally the contextual connect of the intervention considering the site features were other key aspects of the project.

The programme aimed and focused on exploration of form on an individual level and understanding its relationship with the enclosed volume, thereby making the process unique for every student. The anthropometric understanding of actions like eating, sleeping, walking, cooking, bathing, etc was done at human scale and open, semi open and enclosed spaces were explored. The picturesque contoured site overlooking the sea with scenic landscape, perfect for relaxation and contemplation excited the students and inspired them to be responsive to the context they intervene in. The project resulted into different approaches towards the idea of a solo space with explored forms, functions and their relations.