Resurrection & Reinterpretation Of An Architectural Icon In An Indian Context | Deepankar D. Sharma

The research is an eager attempt to search for possibilities for an issue that was yearning for its salvation, but never got one.

It entails two imperative propositions:

  • An Urban Interpretation of an Architectural Icon in an Indian Context
  • A Paradigm Tectonic Shift

First Award | RTFA 2017 Awards

Category: Public Building (Concept)

Participant  Name: Deepankar D. Sharma

Country: India

RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (1)
RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (1)

In 2016, as per the proposed plan by the higher authorities in India, Hall of Nations & Hall of Industries at Pragati Maidan in the heart of the capital city (New Delhi) of India are to be demolished and the whole site is to be revamped. But this entails not a mere demolition of few old buildings, it is the demolition and destruction of India’s heritage, traditions and indentation globally. These buildings celebrated 25 years of India’s independence in 1972 by being the first man made concrete space frames at such a scale along with being symbolic of a traditional jaali. These structures are largely celebrated all around the globe.

RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (2)
RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (2)

It is imperative to investigate the possibilities and permutations of ideas and designs that can be rationalized as a habitable program while learning from the existing and interpreting it in the current scenario (in the year 2016) with the urban necessities and technological opportunities (computational design) available to us.

The research further establishes the fact that the double-curved surfaces being the subordinates in the fabrication industry (if form a minimal surface for any given habitable function or program) have the ability to optimize the overall cost of construction through the efficient use of material for the whole project.

RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (3)
RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (3)

This study examines and investigates various properties and phenomena associated with soap bubble intersection in nature. The investigated properties act as driving rule for the form generative process. The rules along with the functional requirements for the program formed an algorithm which led to the global form of the structure through the local modules employed and intersected as per the functional needs. The design resulted in a variety of sequential iterations.

RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (4)
RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (4)

The investigation culminates with a result that drastic changes are required in the current fabrication industry for more efficient and sustainable designs. This entails the departure of (more than a century long) mass production of materials to customized production of the materials. The use of the current technology (computational design) available is also imperative to achieve efficient results.

The change would have the following repercussions:

  • Material Efficiency
  • Cost Efficiency
  • New Job Opportunities (Skilled Labour)
  • Sustainable Future
RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (5)
RESURRECTION & REINTERPRETATION OF AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON IN AN INDIAN CONTEXT (5)

Hindered and restricted exploration in designs due to material limitations have led to numerous issues in the past (use of steel on large scale wasn’t feasible in the past) which when addressed were eventually responsible for revolutionizing the whole paradigm of architecture. So, what’s is equally important to acknowledge is “Are we hindering another revolution” due to material limitation of today. It’s not like we do not have the technology, it’s just a matter of some smart choices.

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