Friday, January 22, 2010

Fringe stimulation

In the process of developing the design of an extension of the city fabric, a module that is sensitive to the concerned parameters of light and motion is arrived at. The growth of the structure is integrated with and responsive to the topography of the site. The existing transition of the topography is through that of the road, the promenade, rocks and the sea, with the mangroves adding an interesting feature to the change. The construct follows the natural undulating terrain and reflects this transition keeping in mind the growth and impact of the mangrove.  While the existing fringe condition- the promenade creates a stark boundary, the construct provides a more subtle condition, providing a gradual, more appropriate extension of the dynamic nature of the city and a more gradual, natural blur rather than an abrupt edge. In order to exaggerate the condition of the land merging with the sea, and in response to the distance created on the rocks due to receding tides, the construct is made partially subterranean and thus brought closer to the water level providing a very interesting, varying condition of water levels within the construct. This creates a new fringe condition, and the structure further enhances the existing environmental conditions created by the mangroves by helping to anchor their roots to a firmer foundation.