Client wanted an institutional facility for conducting workshops, including a multipurpose hall, kitchen, dining hall and residential suites for 20 participants.
Architectural Design Sustainability Engineering – strategies for water, waste, energy.
The client Mr. Saran is an accomplished photographer and creative writer. He wanted an institutional facility for conducting workshops, including a multipurpose hall, kitchen, dining hall and residential suites for 20 participants.
He owns a beautiful 2 acre land on the outskirts of Auroville. He is also an avid gardener, the land replete with over 100 fruiting trees.
The challenge was to find the space to house the new buildings – the entire land being completely full of vegetation! This was a good problem to have.
After several walks around the land with the client, we zoned into an excavation which was done earlier to construct his existing home. We decided to divert all the rainwater into this excavation and convert it into a natural pond. There was a thin strip of land alongside this excavation – a perfect place for a multipurpose hall, partly floating over the water edge!