The project of designing temporary residence was interesting as well as quite challenging for me. As our site was located near world heritage site Patan Durbar Square, prime challenge was to design a residence by maintaining the vernacular Newari architecture and culture.
Durbar Square area has more public flow; utilizing the crowd ground floor is made more public friendly. Art gallery, shops and the presence of portico (that can also be used during festivals to perform bhajan kritans also used as a rest place by people) made the periphery of the building directly connected to people. Upper floors are made more private for the personal use of the artist or architect.
I play with symmetry and slope roofs in the elevation portion. The gradient angle of roof is 30 ̊. Building becomes lively if it interacts with the surroundings. And while designing I’ve always focused on designing the lively building. Southern side of the building faces holy temple Krishna mandir with colonnaded columns where people sits and enjoy durbar square view regarding the same thing building do have portico .eastern side is opposite of a huge Bhimsen temple interacting with this side was a little bit challenging for me, I’ve elongated the southern portico to eastern side so that the religious deeds can be done there Like bhajan kritans and I’ve placed doves house in the first floor considering myth that birds convey the message to the god. Northern side is located on the street so shops and main entrance to the residence is kept there. The recessed access to the residence is welcomed by the statue of god ganesha and I’ve leave space on floor to worship god sun (mostly popular in newari cuture). I’ve increased terrace area of the building so that the perfect view of the durbar square can be seen properly and also an artist could use it as an outdoor painting area. Small doors windows and columns with carvings are the important essence of the building.
Architecture without architect (vernacular architecture) is now our national treasure and the way that preserves our culture and traditions so this project was quite fruitful as it covers vast area. Space allocation, organization of spaces, newari architecture, and symmetry are some of the thing I’ve learned while doing this project.