Kalari Pavilion, Bangalore
Bamboo and Alternate Technology
Completed: August 2017
Built-up Area: 110 Sq.m (1200 Sq.ft)
The conception of a linear, tall, porous bamboo pavilion juxtaposed against a low concrete mass reflects the program of Akashakalari, a yogic martial arts practice space and a private healing space respectively. The black oxide floor and low height parapet walls form a seamless black vessel for practices, echoing the traditional practice arenas which were dark, earthen pits, open to sky. Erected on a load bearing structure, on the second floor in a quintessential mixed-use neighborhood in Bangalore, the design tries to negotiate its context by allowing the existing organic surroundings to interact with a designed intervention – where mature trees form the walls along with bamboo screen walls tied rhythmically with industrial precision, creating a light, lantern-like bamboo structure modulating light and wind.