Funktion Design Office | Funktion design

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Project Name: Funktion Design Office

Practice: Funktion design

Products: Grohe, Saint-Gobain, Austin Plywood, Hindalco, Quora

Firm Location: Bengaluru

Gross Built up Area: 3500 sft

Project Location: Sanjaynagar, Bengaluru

Lead Architects: Ar.Madhusudhan Sridhar

Design Team: Ar.Madhusudhan Sridhar, Ar.Pradhan Bidappa, Monika

Clients: Mr Madhusudhan Sridhar

Structural Consultants: B.L.Manjunath & Co

Landscape Consultants: In House

MEP Consultants: M.S Sridhar

Contractors: Dalavai Infrastructure, Balaji industries , Lotus Architectural Systems

Photo Credits: Adarsha.R & Madhusudhan Sridhar

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Project Description

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Building an office and studio for one’s own architecture practice is a challenging and an exciting prospect at the same time. When Funktion Design set out to build their own studio, they wanted to bring to the fore, a strong conceptual ideation and structural exploration that they have hallmarked in all their projects to date. The layout accommodating Funktion Design is a South facing site, 40 feet x 40 feet in dimension and located in a bustling residential area of Sanjaynagar, Bangalore characterized by dense low rise housing with very little distance between adjoining buildings.

The site is skirted by two voluminous Gulmohar trees along the road canopying at around 9-10m from the ground and offering their woody charm to an otherwise concrete neighborhood. The best light and ventilation is available in the upper reaches of these high-density sites. The design strategy, therefore, evolved as a response to this site context as well as a reinterpretation of the program of an architecture office typology. The office spreads across the top two floors of the building.

Funktion Design is an expression of an interesting structural language. The main supporting structure is cast by three 9m x 8m concrete portals on which three steel portals form the framework supporting the steel deck roofs of the studio level and the meeting zone. The mezzanine gallery suspended from the concrete portal is expressed to look like a translucent lantern covered with vertical wooden louvers that act as a climate screen. The three large concrete portals reminisce the structural expression of brutalist masters of the 60s. Widening at the top and tapering in all three dimensions gives the audience the impression of an animal’s limbs. The subtle changes in dimensions along the cross section render an ingenious delicacy to an otherwise large scale.

The material palette consists primarily of concrete, steel, and wood. The use of recycled teak wood sourced from old demolished houses and the organic earthy finish of the concrete portals left in their raw form expresses skilled workmanship and an intuitive execution process with very basic formwork and resources. The white painted steel deck roof and structural member emanate a constant rhythm through the interior spaces. All the interior cabinetry and wall inner cladding are polished plywood. The flooring has been done using green kota stone in the studio and recycled wood in the meeting areas complimenting other natural materials.




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