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Like many architects, we also have a large number of designs which were never built. Some were built half and abandoned for various reasons beyond our reach; legal, financial, economic or personal. We are adding a few which we could lay lands on.

Composite housing: Mysore.HEBBAL HOUSING LAYOUT, MYSORE.

composite low cost housing

HEBBAL HOUSING LAYOUT, MYSORE.
This design was conceptually based on the earlier first prize winning entry of the firm in the HUDCO concept idea competition:

Hierarchy  of communities

The idea was taken from the traditional typology called AGRAHARA where people lived as a community around a common space and facilitities. The spatial resources were shared, so were common walls between dwellings. There was a privacy gradient in work and no body usurped the semi social space s like Juglis or the space in front of the house. There was no compound wall for individual houses. The motor car or public transport hardly entered the clusters.

Our proposal was “ ..structured as an aggregate of a number of smaller scale clusters of dwellings forming the basic localities. These are to be identified by a open space with a particular variety of trees….main consideration…clusters traffic free..not new to mysore…agraharas. ..Majority of houses face north or south..” Pg 32, Mane 1988

INTERLOCKING UNITS

“..for variety and to increase a sense of identity, we developed another LIG type housing with five interlocking units of the same plot area. There are three types of dwellers interlocking with each other. This system provides larger court areas in the front or rear and more importantly, they provide variety in plan arrangements, position of entrances, width of frontage etc. And thus no two adjacent units will be similar….” Pg 34, Mane, 1988

However, what got built was a watered down and insensitive space as understood by the implementing agencies and as demanded by political exigencies, bureacratic delays,  and an impoverished project management system. Whatever little could be built in 1988-91 soon lost its meaning as the individual allotees started building compound walls, and no one cared of public spaces. The idea of a community space or social space seems to be impossible in the present situation of  living spaces being seen as properties, commodities and real estates. This combined with the present paranoia and fobias which determine social living styles dictates the urban spatial scene.

A commercial building in a small plot,  with a restaurent and an entertainment space and a party space on top. The place was designed with the new found commercial bloom in Mysore  like in other secondary cities around 2004-6. The promised boom did not really, fortunately in some way, materialise. The project got shelved.
It gave an opportunity to think of small scale semi public spaces, where the street- the foot path- and buliding could merge to create inside out spaces.

Anilkumar building, Mysore

A commercial building in a small plot,  with a restaurent and an entertainment space and a party space on top. The place was designed with the new found commercial bloom in Mysore  like in other secondary cities around 2004-6. The promised boom did not really, fortunately in some way, materialise. The project got shelved.Graphic1

It gave an opportunity to think of small scale semi public spaces, where the street- the foot path- and buliding could merge to create inside out spaces.


Grand Maurya place, Mysore

maurya

The project was shelved after construction started as the promoter could not follow the logic of design and was (mis)guided by uninformed fabricators and conned by the ill-informed project proposal. Some thing else is in its place. This  is a  real problem where clients change ideas at the drop of a hat. In reality they did not understand the design and perhaps some thing else in mind or nothing at all. Uninformed and having limited interest in buildings and architecture, such clients can be manipulated by any. They come to an architect with the aim to manipulate. It is a pain for any architect to get such clients.

sakalespur resortcottages at Gulagalale estate, sakalespur  2002

Owner of a coffee estate near Sakleshpur in Karnataka wanted to build a small resort with in the estate. Ten twin cottages were planned around a small lake (reservoir) in the estate with common facilities.sakalespur resortThe cottages were designed on concrete stiltswith precast concrete elements  units to be assembled on site so that least underegrowth will be disturbed. Cottages were to be made as log cabins with hay thatched roofs. The all will be overlooking the pond. Common facilities were to be tent structures with no cutting of any trees.

The project was abandoned for some legal reasons.

Graphic1Brooks view resorts, Mercara.

Resorts design often use  both authentic and manufactured versions of ‘heritage’, for mass consumption. However, in the battle between the need for novelty and the inherent capacity of traditional images and motifs to meet it, the traditional sources are getting depleted with over use of repetitive images and facade treatments. The proposed design of resort in a 400 acre coffee estate in a hilly terrain, aims to deliberately refrain from resorting to direct reference to any traditional kind of architecture, its imagery or motifs. However, the attempt will be to create a regionally relevant architecture, one that is characterized by a definite sense of place as against a feeling of a  theme  set.

An urban  house

on a plot of 80 x 120 ft.

unbuilt house