Center for the study of Culture and Society

Under-graduate Work - 2014

campus design

Instructors: Thomas Oomen and Anitha Suseelan

Design Proposal by: Alekya Malladi

Tools Used: Hand Drawings, Sketch Up and Photoshop

Manikavelu Mansion in Bangalore is a historical artifact, acting as the face of the institution. It aims at involving the everyday lives of the people as part of academic as well as a social function. This requires spaces of interaction between the students and the public.


The pedagogical framework of this institute attempts to study ‘culture’ from an inclusive, every day, interdisciplinary framework by attempting to create and be a ‘crossroad’ or ‘meeting place’ of the human sciences - history, language studies, art practices, economics and development studies as well as philosophy. The stress is therefore not only on research and knowledge production by incubating an academic environment that breeds collaboration, but being a ‘place’ in Bangalore where ‘culture’- viewed as an ‘everyday’ and ongoing phenomenon in production - is itself hosted and produced.

HISTORICAL ANALYSIS

MANIKAVELU MANSION, BANGALORE

TRAFFIC ANALYSIS
VEGETATION ANALYSIS

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SITE ANALYSIS

The rich variety of vegetation offered by the site provides a green breathing space at the center of the city. Abutted by traffic on all sides, the site is an oasis in its own being. To maintain this nature of the site, an inward looking organisation of the spaces was adopted.

CLIMATE ANALYSIS

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

There are three program components: Academic Core, Mediatheque or Research - Public Interface, Residential.

Four centers/departments or research streams form the academic core:

  • Center for History and Language Studies

  • Center for Development Studies

  • Center for Art, Aesthetics & Performance Studies

  • Center for Philosophy

This academic core functions with the support of the following resource or research centers/spaces referred to also as a Mediatheque:

  • Digital Humanities Center

  • Rare Manuscript Library

  • Academic Library

  • Audio/Video Archive – Resource center

  • Gallery/Loft Spaces for Art/multimedia Installations | Public/Performance Space ( indoor/outdoor)

RESPONSE

MOVEMENT ACROSS THE SITE

DESIGN PROPOSAL

SITE PLAN

CENTER FOR HISTORY , LANGUAGE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

SECTION THROUGH THE AAP CENTER AND THE OPEN AIR THEATRE 

SECTION THROUGH THE AAP CENTER AND THE OPEN AIR THEATRE 

SECTION THROUGH MANIKAVELU MANSION AND THE LIBRARY

The classrooms and studios around the open air theater encourages interaction amongst the users

The open air theater makes culture an ‘everyday’ phenomenon. It adapts to the various needs of the users like area for performance, cultural exchange, relaxing etc 

A large gathering space beside the Mansion

SITE SECTION

WORKING DRAWINGS

CENTER FOR ARTS, AESTHETICS AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES

WOODEN DECK DETAIL

DOOR DETAIL

DIFFERENCE IN LEVELS

GROUND FLOOR PLAN

EAST ELEVATION

DETAILED SECTION AA

FOUNDATION DETAIL

DETAILED SECTION BB