“SPACECRAFT: EXPLORING ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN THROUGH ORDER”
Image source: Neelkanth Chhaya Architect

How does Louis Kahn achieve that specific quality of space in the Exeter Library? What causes that peculiar hue of light in the corridors of the IIM Bangalore? What makes the Pantheon so simple a space yet so grand? How is there such a diversity of experiences in the Sarkhej Roza, when the entire complex is generated only by placing stone on stone?

Space-making is a complex web of layered decisions, where each small thought could lead to varieties of experiences in the result. Changing a tiny element may have profound effects onto the way the experience of space unfolds. Imagine if Farnsworth House had a windowsill, or the walls of the Ronchamp Chapel were made smooth instead of the textured plaster: how would the experience change? Would it become a different space altogether, or would it create again the same experience?

The experience of each peculiar space comes about as a fixed, interlinked web of specific articulation. Each peculiar space, therefore, must have an inherent Order. To design is then to create new arrangements of components, material, surface; of massiveness, transparency, hierarchy, rhythm and so on. This course investigates the idea that space-craft is an evolving relationship between tectonics and the imagination of the space to be made.
Expenses for Student - Material Cost - Rs. 400, Local Travel - Rs. 600/-.

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