Project description

This thesis evokes the Palimpsest that constitutes Ahmedabad as a multi-stratification of times and cultures, that are expressed both in presence of absences and in absence of presences.

The focus of the thesis, like a primary cell of the complex cosmology of the city itself, is an area in the south east riverbank of Ahmedabad, at a critical point that marks the end of the historic city.

The Palimpsest is a writing that has been superimposed on effaced earlier writings. It is a situation of multiple writings and multiple simultaneous readings.

In the old wall times and spaces collide. In the new walls times and spaces collide.

The methodology studied here deals with extrapolating different elements (material, immaterial, natural...) from the site and making them become new “spaces” that will be described in a specific time chosen from an infinite number of possible times. This echoes the title of the studio: “Ahmedabad: Past, Present and Possible.

The results are a cosmogeny of elements and an incomplete cosmology of immaterial materials, like a shore that collects and connects to give a new sense to once disparate drifting material fragments, fecundating them with greater life as the Sabarmati wetness does to the Gujarat dryness.

Site plans
Roof Plan of the site expand
Roof Plan of the site
Plan Level 2 expand
Plan Level 2
Plan Level 0 expand
Plan Level 0
Plan Level -2 expand
Plan Level -2
Plan Level 3 expand
Plan Level 3
Plan Level 1 expand
Plan Level 1
Plan Level -1 expand
Plan Level -1
Roof Plan of the site and East_West sections expand
Roof Plan of the site and East_West sections
East to West Palimpsest section expand
East to West Palimpsest section
Index

I The Triangle
II The Palimpsest Building
III The Old Wall
IV The House of Projections
V The House of Light and Sand
VI The Water Holder
VII The Canal Connection 1
VIII The Canal Connection 2
IX The Mnemo-aquatecture
X The Loti
XI The Step-Wall 1
XII The Water Carriers
XIII The Step-Wall 2
XIV The Administrative Building
XV The Hypogeum Theater
XVI The More Hypogeum Restaurant
XVII The Water Carrier
XVIII The Houses of Green
XIX The Oasis
XX The Hybrid Mandala

Three orbits (Isometric) of the Cosmos of the Palimpsest expand
Three orbits (Isometric) of the Cosmos of the Palimpsest
Three orbits (sections) of the Cosmos of the Palimpsest expand
Three orbits (sections) of the Cosmos of the Palimpsest (From above:1, 2, 3)
Architectonic Elements (Orbit 2) studied as "Palimpsest Sections".
Plan of the Riverfront - Level 2 expand
Plan of the Riverfront - Level 2
Palimpsest section WW expand
Palimpsest section WW
Palimpsest section XX expand
Palimpsest section XX
Palimpsest of the plan of the Administrative Complex and Theatre expand
Palimpsest of the plan of the Administrative Complex and Theatre
Palimpsest section YY expand
Palimpsest section YY
Palimpsest section ZZ expand
Palimpsest section ZZ
The Riverfront
Plan of the Riverfront - Level 2 expand
Plan of the Riverfront - Level 2
Body Scale: "The House of Projections" and "The House of Light and Sand" (Orbit 2 - IV, V)
Atmospheric view of the "House of Projections" expand
Atmospheric view of "The House of Projections"
Atmospheric view of the "House of Light and Sand" expand
Atmospheric view of "The House of Light and Sand"
The Administrative Complex, Theatre and Restaurant

 

 

Plan of Level 0 of Administrative Complex, Theatre and Restaurant expand
Plan of Level 0 of Administrative Complex, Theatre and Restaurant

 

 

Plan of Level -1 of Administrative Complex, Theatre and Restaurant expand
Plan of Level -1 of Administrative Complex, Theatre and Restaurant
Plan of Level -2 of Administrative Complex, Theatre and Restaurant expand
Plan of Level -2 of Administrative Complex, Theatre and Restaurant
Body Scale: The Administrative Building (Orbit 1 - I)
Longitudinal Section of the Administrative Building expand
Longitudinal Section of the Administrative Building
Cross Section of the Administrative Building showing the two hanging Corten Boxes expand
Cross Section of the Administrative Building showing the two hanging Corten Boxes
Exploded Isometric of the site showing the Architectural Elements expand
Exploded Isometric of the site showing the Architectural Elements
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