Finally, second stage exploration came to an end yesterday(17/09/2014), at the CEPT studio. Prof Gurdev visited the studio and gave his comments to the students on their second-stage models. The focus of the discussions was more on the third stage; on various possible ways in which the program can be interpreted with the help of second stage models. The second-stage models will serve as diagrams for the further process.
Students are working on four different programs: meditation hall, gas-station, observation deck, and pedestrian bridge. Each of these functions has a very unique and distinct character, which needs to be understood and explored in the third stage.
- A meditation hall demands an introvert space; a space that opens inward. The way in which light is brought in, along with structure, forms an important part in the exploration.
- In contrast to the meditation hall, a gas-station by its nature demands an outward space. The form should have minimum contact with the ground; and whatever minimum that touches ground, needs to be safeguarded. The form is more important than space; something that catches your attention while driving.
- In an observation deck, similiar to gas-station, the form should have a very little contact with ground. The sense of being in air, of floating, is predominant criteria; thus, the form could start with minimum contact and expand as it rises in the air.
- A bridge is a connection between two stretched points. The structural logic behind the form is the most important aspect to be considered; and this logic, play of forces, needs to be reflected in the form.