Excerpt: The architecture project Cool Shed by Vaissnavi Shukl occupies a small amount of land and creates intimate spaces with views of the lake, garden, and plantations while taking into account the meticulously maintained vegetation surrounding the site. The project was built as a load-bearing structure with brick masonry and exposed RCC whose textures blend in with the natural setting.
[Text as submitted by architect] In the corner of a large farmland located in close proximity to the Thol bird sanctuary in Gujarat, Cool Shed was initially supposed to be a security cabin with a store room. The project name is therefore a wordplay on the familiar building typology of a tool shed.
Tool shed is a simple structure built to store machines and equipment for farming and automobile repairing. Cool Shed was then rethought as service quarters before finally being designed and built as an outhouse for weekend getaways.
Considering the carefully cultivated vegetation that attracts birds to the site, the designers’ intention was to create intimate spaces with views of the lake, the garden and the plantations – all whilst occupying a minimal footprint on ground.
The long slit windows, pergolas and clerestories draw in natural light whereas the exposed RCC brise-soleil interrupts the glare of the harsh west sun. Cool Shed is built as a load-bearing structure with exposed RCC and brick masonry whose textures compliment their immediate surroundings.