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A Proposed Cultural Centre: Ramakrishna Hegde Cultural Centre, Bangalore

A Dance School , Auditorium,  an Art Gallery, Recording Studio etc. For Prasiddha Foundation. picture1


house in Jamkhandi

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NEWS: IIA 2009 award for excellence in architecture

Prof SN Hegde’s House at Mysore has been selected for 20th IIA 2009 Award for excellence in Architecture by the Indian Institute of Architects in Residental Category SEE UNDER CATEGORY HOUSES , bubbled up spaces for more.

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This house epitomises a search for the form of houses ever since we started in 1987.

The other awardees are

Ar. Sanjay Puri, Mumbai for public category

Ar.Gayathri and Ar. Namit Varma, Bangalore for Public architecture,

Ar. Vistap Bhagwagar, New Delhi forInteriors,

Ar. Vinay MohanDas & Ar. Yogesh Kumar Garg, Bhopal for research.


a block of six dwellings, basavangudi, bangalore

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dwell there

making a place We are starting a series of posts on the making of a place to live. This will include links to other similar sites, articles, blogs and postings on houses, housing schemes, urban and habitat issues related to places we live. It will alos feature our works on dwellings and dwelling places.


reddy house, hyderabad

This house in the posh Jubilee hills in Hyderabad for a buisness man is on aplot of 170 x 80 ft. Built on three floors with vault roofs cascading down to the entrance. The entrance is raised to first floor level and the house overlooks the large green space in front. The roof were made of steel fabrications with hollow clay blocks and insitu screed on top. Complaince to vastu was a great constraint as it goes as norm in Hyderabad.

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hyd27There is also a general local trend in upper crest of society to display luxurious consumption. This particular house showed great restraint on that in the outside and as compared to the neibours it is too ‘frugal’. But the interior has been following the local upper class taste, with very little complaince to the restraints put by the architects. The interior executed by the local contractors has little understanding of the value of restrained design. It also happens that at the finishing of interiors, the architects happens to have little say especially if worked form longer distance. It was an experience, but the conundrum of clashing design values tilts more in the favour of what the clients class of local society apreciates. The design is appreciated for what others say than what is inherently valued. Sensitvity has a uphill task in that situation. One is left with the only option of giving it all up.

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hyd3 Client : GR Reddy, MD EXCEL Rubbers Hyderabad

Completed: 2009 August

Associate architect: M. Muthukumar

Structure: CN Yadunandan


sam cherian house, mysore

Graphic1 Cient:  Sam Cherian, MD, Schevran Labs, Mysore.        Associate Architect :  Sunil Nayak, IA Deepthi

Structure: CN Yadunandan                                                                          Completed : 2002


kader sait house, mysore

kader sait“Khader Sait House is an experiment at defining the space without physical boundaries. Surprise, is the first experience as one enters the house. The landscaped courts and the living space are blend into one experience. The unobstructed vision is drawn to as far as the boundary wall masked by landscape and waterfall.

The space is defined by the floor, which traces the edge of the sweeping ceiling. A brick wall sets a background to this sensational space. The

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wall blends with the landscape of the garden at one end and at the other provides a backdrop to the wooden staircase.

The presence of the wall is significant as it enhances the natural-feel to the experience of the space. This environment is refined further by the wooden ceiling and panelling which mellows the spatial experience.

The exterior form is a vibrant combination of the exaggerated inclined planes. Windows are playfully placed in the composition to enhance the visual activity produced by the compilation. Brick walls are selectively plastered to emphasize the separation of forms.”  from Bricks 2008 by weinerberger

 


mallikarjun house, bangalore

mallikBuilt on a plot of 40’ x 60’ in an upcoming area in Bangalore, India, this house for a successful young entrepreneur reacts positively to the emerging life style with all the complexities of present day Bangalore: part traditional part contemporary, conservative in some respects and forward looking in others and emerging social habits and hobbies .

It is an inward looking compact 4 bedroom house with modern conveniences and protection and privacy from nuisances of its urban milieu. All heating and ventilation is natural, materials local, and the design fully embraces available traditional artisan skills. The walls are largely load bearing with bricks and local hand cut stones and roof of concrete filler slabs and vaults with hollow clay blocks. Use of wood, steel, glass and vitrified ceramics along with the internal angles and volumes and merging of green patches in living areas and patches of sunlight filtering in through punctures in the roof add the traditional warmth as well as a contemporary feel.

Completed fully: 2007                               Associate Architects: Baburaj, M.Muthukumar, Sunil Nayak


vaulted and domed roofs

Graphic1This 3200 sq. ft house was designed for a former Vice Chancellor of Mysore University on a site of 50’ x 80’. Small patches of three green courtyards were carved out of the site to be accessed from living and dining rooms. The roof is made of hollow clay block vaulting and brick doming with out centering. A wood bridge over the living connects the front and rear rooms in the first floor. Sky lighting is used with advantage. The house incorporates rain water harvesting and solar water heating.

Client: Prof. SN. Hegde

Design team: BS Bhooshan, Sunil Nayak

Structural Design: C.N Yadunandan

Completed: 2004

“Hegde Residence at Mysore is a departure from the archetypal visual and spatial idiom of local architectural expression. Curvilinear forms are used… to form a cascading composition of roofs.

The brick-masonry dome and the sweeping form of the roof constructed with hollow clay panels covered with china-mosaic, compose the crest of the compilation. Stone and brick walls form the static base of the dynamic forms above….Indeed architecture is craftsmanship of space. He enjoys using exposed materials in various elements of the building to explore the influence of their visual and textural aesthetics, on the space, environment and the user. The use of brick in his works is motivated by the experience of warmth it imparts to the space.”  from Brick 2008, a book by Weinerberger, Austria ( link below page)  

 

Awarded IIA  2009 Award for Excellence in Architecture by Indian Institute of Architects.


an urban week end home

mnd nath This weekend home was an exercise in juxtaposing the opposites. The traditional handcrafted techniques of stonewalls, pillars, lintels as well as handmade flooring is capped by a fabricated steel trussing and new material of galvalume sheets. The geometry of the house creating variety of entrainment spaces and partying for about 50 people as well as for week end stay for the family needed a sculptural roof, which had to be custom made of the new industrial material.  The contemporary global technology and material was bent to match the local artisan’s handiwork. The roof has a false ceiling of salvaged packing case pinewood. The floor is of handmade Chettinad tiles.

Client: Mr. MN Dwarakanath family

Design team: BS. Bhooshan, Shajay Bhooswhan, Ms. IA Deepti

Prime contractor: Dhatri Constructions, Bangalore

Year of completion: 2004

This weekend home was an exercise in juxtaposing the opposites. The traditional handcrafted techniques of stonewalls, pillars, lintels as well as handmade flooring is capped by a fabricated steel trussing and new material of galvalume sheets. The geometry of the house creating variety of entrainment spaces and partying for about 50 people as well as for week end stay for the family needed a sculptural roof, which had to be custom made of the new industrial material.  The contemporary global technology and material was bent to match the local artisan’s handiwork. The roof has a false ceiling of salvaged packing case pinewood. The floor is of handmade Chettinad tiles.
Client: Mr. MN Dwarakanath family
Design team: BS. Bhooshan, Shajay Bhooswhan, Ms. IA Deepti
Prime contractor: Dhatri Constructions, Bangalore
Year of completion: 2004
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bhooshan’s own house, mysore

houses bsb This modest dwelling for the architect and his family, built in 1989, offered an opportunity to protest  against prevailing regional tastes. The plastered concrete frame which raise the house off the ground, stabilized mud block maasonry and an open interior plan that is conducive to natural ventilation struck onlookers as unconventional, while the double-pitched roof did not.

” On an aesthetic level,…the intention is to sensitze the public, and even provoke their reaction, to the use of traditional forms and ordinary  materials in thoughtful, yet unconventional ways” (comtemporary architecture of asia)

Completed  1989  one of the first works of BSB


recycled farm house: mysore

gp.capt. shetty‘Recycling’  as a concept, refers both to the re-use of materials from previous uses as well as the design with the possibility of re-use at a later time. This would drive require attention to parameters such as modularity, systems of joinery and combination of materials, re-usability of materials and ease of dismantling.

This project  re-used  building components from various sources; wooden columns and beams, locks, door handles etc. Including Mangalore tiles for  roof from a dismantled house with its wooden rafters. The stabilised mud block walls are  left largely un-plastered.