Bridging Knowledge: weaving knowledge with nature

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Project Name: Bridging Knowledge: weaving knowledge with nature

Practice: The Red Studio

Firm Location: Baroda, India

Lead Architects: Percy Pithawala

Design Team: Nishi Shah, Ansh Shah, Jeet Shah, Nishad Kela and Preet Kotadia

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Competition Brief

(text as submitted by architects)

The competition seeks to create a 21st century ‘library in a park’ typology that will incorporate the social factor in a library. The library should strive to become an important landmark and zone in the park where people could gather, share, exchange and spread knowledge on a daily basis.

The participants should create a holistic library by incorporating digital technology into its already existing ways and methods of learning. The spatiality of the library should be re-interpreted from boring and pragmatic to innovative, interesting and flexible typology of reading spaces and interior arrangements etc. The participants should focus on creating an experience for the user in the library space that will stimulate the mind to stay and spend time for longer periods.

Note on the Proposal

As Submitted by the Team

Our proposal envisages an elevated bridge like ambulatory hovering above the ground allowing unhindered access and movement of people at the park level while at the same time offering spectacular vistas  within the environs of Central Park.  A set of cuboidal masses accommodating reading and interactive spaces are further interwoven and plugged in with the bridge ambulatory at intervals as and when required.

While negotiating the length of ambulatory and transiting between the cuboidal masses, visitors constantly engage with the natural beauty of the park and its surrounding context. Structural system has an inherent flexibility to accommodate addition and subtraction of cuboidal volumes as well as to stretch over the park landscape in multiple configurations taking care of existing vegetation and landscape features.

Concept Sketches

 

Structure: Ambulatory is suspended over the ground with structural supports facilitating free access at ground level.

 


Cuboidal volumes: accommodating  programmatic functions are woven together with the ambulatory.

 

Exterior ViewAmbulatory bridge connection suspended above the ground weaves together cuboidal masses while traversing through the park landscape.

 

Exterior View: Ambulatory bridge connection suspended above the ground weaves together cuboidal masses while traversing through the park landscape.

 

Interior Views: Transparency and lightness of volumes in interior spaces within cuboidal masses has been retained by accommodating storage racks along the length of ambulatory spine.

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