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uday andhare

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India-380055

Living & Learning Design Centre- Ajrakhpur Kutch, Institutional-Museums

Living & Learning Design Center (LLDC) Ajrakhpur, Kutch India Uday Andhare & Mausami Andhare - indigo architects Ahmedabad Site location & character: An 8 acre fruit orchard adjacent, to the famed Ajrakhpur printers settlement about 20 kms from Bhuj surrounded by new industrial growth and non descript flats of dusty land and scrub vegetation. Program: The indigenous was under a serious threat since the earthquake of 2001, where native artistic skills were being lost to jobs offered by industries. At the same time, crafts saw a transition from being items of personal use to a mass produced consumer driven products. Initiated by the NGO Shrujan, the aim was to create a residential learning center to ensure, transfer of skills from the master craftsmen/women to the next generation of crafts-persons.

The museum, auditorium, administration, museum shop, classrooms and library are its main components that make it a public place and a tactile / visual repository of the various crafts. The architectural response: Our take on the state of the crafts and the physical milieu became the subtext of our intervention. This project attempts to respond to this reality, with the freedom to define its own space, avoiding the known archetypes of the region.

Orchestration of the built volumes defining the arrival forecourt, the traditional delo (entry) as the metaphorical point of arrival, the inclusion of the hauj, symbolic of ablution with abstract metal cuts of flamingo forms, highlight the importance of migrations in this land. The architectural design is purposefully reticent and non-hierarchic giving primacy to place rather than form. The buildings present, an open-ended amorphous quality and a contemporary visage, which is both deliberate and desired. The forecourt, through its informal definition, creates an effective transition into the ticketing block, cafeteria, museum-shop and orients one to the large entry volume of the museum, making for a convivial public character.

A vocabulary of layered shielding earth colored platonic volumes, small, punctuated openings, deep shaded passageways, defined by elements in exposed concrete and rough stone sets the tone of the exploration. Response to the local climate, program and the economic realities of creating a thermally stable environment for galleries of textiles and other crafts, challenges the dictates of expensive climate controlled environments in museums today. The adaptation of multiple sustainable design strategies, materials and details, inform an architectural language that is expressive of these concerns.

Special strategies: Porosity in plan organization, opacity of form, protection of the building core from heat gain, fenestrations that keep out the summer sun, use of naturally stable materials such as lime plasters, mortars, locally made sun dried lime-fly ash bricks, reduction of use of glass, deep shaded layered spaces, radiant cooling strategies to cool roofs and floors using stored harvested rain water, circulation of night-time cool air through the cooling tower as a low energy cooling device, integration of the local craftsperson into the process of making objects to be used in the details from jalis, wood turned members, ornament in doors, dolomite plasters in the interior spaces, directly inform its making and sustenance in this context.

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Shrujan Trust
Area (in sq.ft)
80,000
Cost (INR)
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