Slit is an experimental performance based architectural drawing methodology that investigates the relationship between body and space. The emphasis is neither on the body, nor the space, but on conditions of observation-illuminating abstract layers between body and space.
The project is structured around a series of performative objects that re-articulate the standardised perpendicular relationship between the body and the ground. The performative objects create moments of deviation through a set of precisely designed slits – single slit, double slit, vertical slit, horizontal slit, etc.
The objects are made out of 1.6mm felt fabric that is hand cut to form the slits on an otherwise flat surface. Performances are devised using the objects to re-articulate various spatial aspects- such as right angles, C-form, obliqueness, horizontality, etc.
This intersection of designed objects and devised performances re-draws a minimal yet complex relationship between the body and the space.
Collaborators: Krupa Devi, Manou
Colour and geometric accents set against the textured grey walls and floors forms the spatial rhythm for this small workspace.
We were approached with a brief to create an office by merging two adjacent apartments in a mixed-use building located on a busy commercial road. To begin the renovation, we demolished the boundary wall combining the two apartments into one larger open space.
We use rhythm as a primary design tool. Rhythm as a mechanism to design with refers to repetition and movement, creating a pace of flow in the composition of space. There is a certain rhythm to work, there is a certain rhythm to meet, there is a certain rhythm to eat. All this was taken into consideration in the articulation of spaces and the objects within.
The Super Kitchen is a prototype of an expanded community kitchen that invites strangers to participate, share and collaborate in preparing and eating food. The design proposal focuses on food and eating as a form of social construction that brings community together.
The installation integrates two basic elements of vertical movement – the stair & the ramp to generate the form. Every surface of the oblique structure is habitable and it represents a shift from structure to landscape, passive to active, visual to experiential, rigid to free, representative to interactive and playful.
These ‘free movement surfaces’ double up as meeting or workshop spaces. They also provide opportunities to experience the landscape in unexpected ways encouraging the city to turn towards the water.
The Jardin De Villars experience is one rooted in nature and surrounded by vegetation. The aim is to create a unique lifestyle experience within this stunning landscape, where leisure and engagement are in balance; where golfers and non-golfers have the opportunity to enjoy the carefully devised layers of ‘experience gardens’.
The proposal formulates a strategy where architecture is quite simply a framework for amplifying the strengths of the site. This is made possible by creating a ‘movement path’ along the contours of the site. The ‘movement path’ traverses through the garden grid and hence is always at the intersection of the low lying architectural volumes and the ‘experience gardens’. The ‘movement path’ becomes the primary tool to design a range of experiences from scaled up golf lawns to intimate courtyard gardens.
Together we build a better place. The design of the structure uses the primal form of the triangle as an archetype. The triangle is the first closed figure to emerge, and the root of all manifested nature. We see the triangle appear from a subatomic to a cosmic scale. A structure that is engineered and human at the same time.
Drawing inspiration from the Vedic notion of Trikona, which in yogic practices gives rise to Trikonasana, creating a strong base and enhancing balance within the body. As we consider how to represent the essence of an India of the future, our structure brings together different aspects into one wholistic form, a nation that holds strength and unity within its essence.
Consider the last year as a kind of Caesura.
Instructions to the viewer: pause a little at the end of the line. Take moment to reflect on the time passed in the last year.
Line as a spatial condition that has the potential to divide or unite.
Land forming a horizontal below, sky above, in between vertical buildings, a line of civilization, a line of events. Perhaps this last year has presented more clear lines in the emptiness all around than ever before in our memory.
Here we present the line as a moment of pause, a moment of alignment, a moment of coming together. The simplicity of the form without any interruptions, however there are punctuations/pauses. The punctuations create the event. Pauses create drama, they emphasize feelings and add meaning.
Creating a moment of contemplation within an environment of openness and light. A row of spatial conditions. Up close the lines can quaver and wobble. The lines have humility while holding a pulse. The lines perform a task of holding and reflecting light. The lines document a moment of action flowing with a purpose, the lines are a phrase of movement in space. The lines take us off line, the line takes us to counter it, the lines bring us rhythm. The lines bring us a stillness rather than a constant scroll. The line is a state of mind,
The line can create rhythm with its pauses, there is a buildup and release.