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Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

India Architecture News - Apr 14, 2023 - 16:21   2190 views

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Mumbai-based architecture practice Samira Rathod Design Atelier has created a temporary pavilion entriely made of construction debris, drawing attention to depleted sources, sustainability and recycling materials.

Named The Container for Kochi Muziris Biennale 2023, the 465-square-metre pavilion was created for the 2023 Kochi Muziris Biennale, India’s first ever biennial for international contemporary art and its story in Kochi.

A one-way sloping pavilion has a steep slope for its roof and features reflective panels to draw attention from afar for whom visit the event. 

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

For this project, the architects have created a demountable pavilion by only using construction debris from nearby sites, waste granite from quarries, coir, fishing nets, geogrid, brick bat, cement and wire mesh to build the structure.

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Sridhar Balasubramaniam

Underlining the continued construction activities despite the massive destruction and debris it created, the office believed that architectural thinking should be developed around sustainability, recycling materials and available resources.

A single-storey pavilion is wrapped by massive walls, made of a mix of construction debris. At the center, six circular wooden columns support the structure, while three of them are slightly shifted from others. 

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Sridhar Balasubramaniam

The roof, inspired by the traditional roofs of Kochi, is laid on a steel structure to carry the load. 

One corner of the pavilion is dedicated to a stage for physical performances with seating arrangements for live audience. 

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Sridhar Balasubramaniam

According to the Kochi Muziris Biennale, "an important aspect of the pavilion was that there is a 2-3°C difference between the indoors and outdoors." 

"People just come to the pavilion to sit and cool off."

"The pavilion is a container of hope," said Samira Rathod Design Atelier.

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

"It is built on dual narratives - one of the debris from ruthless demolition, and another of the poetics of construction - an honest admission of materials and methods of making buildings which often remain hidden under its skin, unknown."

"The building unfolds as a large space under a singular roof that touches the ground, inspired from the many roofs of Kochi."

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

"This temporary structure treads lightly, as it stands without any concrete footings, and may be dismantled to retrieve all of its material that may be reused or re-assembled again elsewhere," the studio added.

"It is this material and method, we want to celebrate, and bring forth the pain, risk and challenges that are faced in the manifestation of an architecture, an outcome we deem beautiful," the architects concluded

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Niveditaa Gupta

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Sridhar Balasubramaniam

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Sridhar Balasubramaniam

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Sridhar Balasubramaniam

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Image © Sridhar Balasubramaniam

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Ground floor plan

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Section

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Wall section

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Elevation A

Samira Rathod Design Atelier built a demountable pavilion from construction debris in Kerala

Elevation B

Project facts

Project Name: The Container (for Kochi Muziris Biennale 2023)

Office Name: Samira Rathod Design Atelier

Completion Year: 2023

Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 5,000 sq. ft.

Project Location: Fort Kochi, Kerala

Program / Use / Building Function: Pavilion

Lead Architects: Samira Rathod

Project Team: Fenil Soni, Neethulakshmi, Kiran Keluskar, Devadathan

Structural Design: Studio Struct

Shutter Mechanics: Studio Motionworks

Main Contractor: Galaxy Tenso

Top image in the article © Niveditaa Gupta.

All images © Niveditaa Gupta and Sridhar Balasubramaniam.

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