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Nature, architect’s original muse

mumbai Updated: Feb 04, 2013 01:42 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times
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Roofs that touch the ground, a tennis court facing the outside, a central atrium with scattered structures: this clubhouse blueprint by Rachna Sansad’s Academy of Architecture, Prabhadevi has won its makers the second prize at an all-India design competition.

An innovative design, with a total built up area of 9,000 square meters, was submitted by the team comprising Kruti Shah, Shekoba Sanap and Mihar Bhavsar, who followed an unconventional approach in designing a clubhouse for the grand finale of the Saint-Gobain Glass India's 'Transparence 2012' competition, which was held at Sonepat last week. “When we first started, we realised that our design should be one that is dynamic in relation with its surrounding and with itself, bringing together the public and private domains,” said 21-year-old team member Shah, a fourth year student. “Our concept of a leaf – our structure – and a droplet on it – our atrium – became the focus of our final design, allowing for a free-flowing form.”

The Rachna Sansad team’s design is divided into three parts, with one segment for residential purposes, another for leisure activities such as dining, and another section for sporting activities. “We didn’t want to restrict ourselves within the four walls. We wanted to expand the boundaries,” said Sanap, 20.

The competition, now in its eighth year, saw more than 235 submissions from colleges all over the country. The finale was held after shortlisting eight colleges from each of the four zones – north, south, east and west, and entries were judged on concept, innovation in design or creativity, innovative use of glass, technical superiority of design, sustainability, practicality and presentation.

The first prize went to the team from the DC Patel School of Architecture in Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Gujarat, while Adhiyaman College of Engineering, Hosur came third.