Retreat of Hanging Garden at Pohegaon in Ahmednagar, by Atelier Shantanu Autade

Retreat of Hanging Garden at Pohegaon in Ahmednagar, by Atelier Shantanu Autade

Project Description

The site is located at Pohegaon in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India. Client approached us to design a shelter where one could have food and rest for a while.  Evolution of this design started with understanding and evaluating various contemporary ideas for dwellings with multiple activities in the region. As this shelter is rendered to derive a unique identity for the dwelling and it is to be associated with multiple activities like storing, packing and selling goods cultivated in farmland, cooking facilities and providing temporary shelter for laborers working in farms with a needful services. 

In the beginning survey was conducted to find house form of the region. This resulted us to understand evolution of house form from Dhaba (mud slab) house with verandah to Present day gated bungalows (exclusive artifacts) and low cost shelter typology built in concrete and tin roof.   After this survey of existing houses and their technology of construction, it resulted us to make use of thin concrete wall with metal pre-fab skeleton lined with the galvanized roof.

Talking about these shelters, currently they consist of a dwelling (to stay) with semi open space attached to it. But there is no connection between both spac­es. This resulted into disintegration in terms of activities in these houses.

The whole process of design started with the question

What should be the nature of design assembly, which will accommodate a temporal character and will occupy various numbers of people?

In search of a typological prototype the key elements of buildings like a base (platform), skeleton (metal frame work), roof (corrugated GI sheet) and skin (concrete envelope) are generic materials, which formed, in a way as a design tool and design regulatory principle. While executing the idea of dwelling for tomorrow, the envelope is separated from skin, which has created gap to form visual connection and physical connection with the surrounding. The security is taken care by the perforated gate, which allows an uninterrupted visual connection. A utility and cooking space is accommodated   in the center of the shelter, which separated living and resting area. Where living space function as a multiple space, dynamic in nature with the activities. It further extends to the court formed by the separation of concrete envelope. While in resting area court function as connector between resting space and washroom.

This place is influenced by old regional typology proposed on land parcel availed by demise of trees. Manifestation began with proposed block, which houses two spaces- living and resting which extends in court with concrete envelope around and a pantry in center.

Design evolved contains a narrow linear space, where verandah wraps around living block, which connects farm on both sides. This forms an identity of assembly of house form termed as, ‘living –verandah’.

ARCHITECTS: Assembly and Rural House Form/ Atelier Shantanu Autade

  – Location : Pohegaon, Maharashtra, India

  – Program (Use):Farmer’s Shelter

  – Site area:16,187㎡

  – Building area:35 ㎡

  – Building scope:1F

  – Completion:2018

  – Principal architect:Shantanu Autade

  – Project architect:  Shantanu Autade

  – Design team:  Rajeshwar Singh, Shivani Prasad, Maitreyi Joshi, Priyanka Kale

  – Construction: 2018

– Completion: 2018

  – Photographer: Rajeshwar Singh, Tanishq Ostwal

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