Arthshila – Cultural Adaptation Re-using Non-public Infrastructure / Abin Design Studio
Textual content description offered by the architects. Santiniketan is the cradle of the Bengali Renaissance, primarily due to its shut ties with Rabindranath Tagore. That is the place the place the purple soil and the air breathe music, artwork, and, tradition. Impressed by this distinctive setting, a middle amidst nature emerges as a cusp of tradition and heritage that resonates with Bengal’s ethnicity in a unique spectrum. Arthshila is a first-of-its-kind confluence of workshops, exhibition areas, in addition to indoor and outside artwork galleries.
A 22-year-old architect, with the assistance of his professor, sketched a imaginative and prescient of a residential constructing with a sloped concrete roof. A long time after, when the founding father of Takshila, an Instructional Society, approached ADS to restructure a 3BHK residence right into a cultural epicenter, it was a dream that got here true. Undoubtedly, it’s a distinctive dream for any architect to subsume a unique operate onto the identical constructing footprint. The technique taken was easy: to retain the profile of the previous residence, an extra extension to the identical slope of the home is launched. This creates an elaborate shading system for the open plaza to guard it from the tough summer time solar and torrential incessant monsoon rain. The prolonged roof serves a twin function by additionally changing into the distinctive characteristic that narrates the language of the area and provides a cultural scale to the constructing – it transforms a humble residence right into a grand pavilion for public gatherings.
The interior rooms on the Floor Ground are transformed into galleries whereas the highest flooring rooms and terraces witness their transformation right into a library, a gallery, and visitor rooms. To pay homage to the instant environment, this venture after extension has restored all the prevailing full-grown timber and but navigates the roof for the next extension to solid lengthy shadows & deliver gentle by way of the skylight. Terracotta tiles on the roof and MS construction are the first parts of this venture. Pandomo flooring is seen within the inside whereas the outside is cladded with black Kadappa stone.
The outside panorama turns into part of the constructing as it’s used as a “sculpture court docket” – a multipurpose garden to showcase shows. The peripheries additionally accommodate a pantry and outside seating which might be repurposed as a efficiency area or as seating for the viewers that attends an occasion held within the AV Room. A mushy threshold has been established by way of the playful association of seating blocks that sits on the juxtaposition of the indoor and the outside.
With such delicate design interventions all through, it’s tried to solely tweak the size of the earlier home into an area that accommodates extra customers at any given time, with out shedding the appeal and essence of a house when one enters the area. Right this moment, Arthshila acts as Santiniketan’s important a part of cultural exercise because it acts as a public discussion board. It’s that one venture wherein a redo of an age-old residence is reworked into a middle that was born from a need to suit into the mushy rural panorama and pay homage to the positioning’s distinctive structure. That is an exemplary rendition of a real “ Adaptation “.