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Learning "control over the space" is the prime target in the education on architectural design. Space is colourless. Space is emptiness. Space is useful. Light is essential to perceive space. Space can be the headroom or the emptiness of an atrium. Architectural design produces a variety of spaces. A balcony projecting outside the building face gives you a floating experience in space. A domical large space above our head, when we stand under large enclosures, gives us the feeling of awe (which is called monumentality). Space is to be perceived in light. Lesser the light, lesser the amount of space we perceive. The experience of passing through a tunnel like space and reaching to large open space is called as dramatic experience. Atriums give you an awesome experience of well like space. Lesser the headroom the cosier is the space. Larger the headroom the more awesome the space. Passages, corridors, catwalks and floating bridges give you the experience of "swimming" in space.

Actual exercise

Cuboidal space is the most familiar type of space. Orthography of cube is to be further enhanced by adding more vertical and horizontal planes. These planes can be further connected by staircases. Care should be taken to " ventilate " each space with neighbouring space. Following types of spaces are to be worked out

well like space
room like space
high headroom space
cantilever projections in the space
open playground space

passages like space
tunnel like space
peeping spaces
overlooking spaces
observation points

Design Application


Retrospective analysis

Most of the spaces done in the sculpture are synonymous to architectural spaces. It should stimulate ideas in the mind of students to use the spaces for various architectural uses like shopping centres, atriums, children’s play areas, public buildings and so on. One should imagine as if one is walking through the spaces and is experiencing the difference in the quantum of the space above the head. Photographing the model from various angles will be an interesting experience.

For more details contact - Ar. Shirish Sukhatme
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