JAIN PILGRIMAGE CENTRE

MEDIUM: Autocad, Sketchup, Photoshop

TIMELINE: 6months 

SCOPE: Site planning, Architecture

LOCATION: Warangal, India

SITE AREA: 3.06 Acres

CONCEPT STATEMENT:

We were asked to design an accommodation centre for the pilgrims who visit the nearby Kolanupaka Jain temple. Known as Kulpakji Tirtha, it is one of the highly venerated temples for Jains in South India. The temple is entirely made of white marble and red sandstone adorned with carvings. 

It occupies an area of 1 acre out of the 20 acres temple complex. The remaining land is used for Dormitories and Guest houses. For the purposes of our study we were allocated a land of 3.06 acres. 

 

1. SITE PLAN:

 

Sun path

The sun movement is crucial for designing open spaces and orientation of the buildings. The dining area opens to meet the east sun, while the garden on the west is protected from the mid-day heat by vegetation.

 

Wind direction

Wind flow ranges from East to South-west. Dorms are aligned in such a way to catch these winds. This allows for efficient ventilation in the rooms. 

 

Linearity

The Main Street connects the site longitudinally. Occasionally breaking to either form a plaza space or to connect accommodations.  

 

TYPES OF SPACES:

 

Meditative

These spaces are defined by pure tranquility and peace. The meditation hall rests at the centre subsequently defining the space, while the garden is at the quietest corner of the site. 

 

Gathering

These spaces accommodate a large congregation, they vary sporadically, sometimes thriving with people and at other times stark and empty. This effect is eliminated by introducing activities to achieve a sense of uniformity.  

 

Interactive-Informal

An offshoot of gathering spaces, these interactive spaces are more personal and relaxed, therefore promoting an interpersonal relationship and communication between people. 

 

2. DORMITORIES:

Since dorms are heavily populated an issue of privacy arises. A sense of seclusion is given to the user without being completely excluded. This idea is implemented by introducing Terracotta jaalis. Every unit has a study desk and ample storage space. Dorms are oriented to catch the prevailing South winds in the Warangal region. This position is favorable as it soaks in the mild N-S sunlight as well. 

 

3. DINING:

Since dorms are heavily populated an issue of privacy arises. A sense of seclusion is given to the user without being completely excluded. This idea is implemented by introducing Terracotta jaalis. Every unit has a study desk and ample storage space. Dorms are oriented to catch the prevailing South winds in the Warangal region. This position is favorable as it soaks in the mild N-S sunlight as well. 

 

4. SINGLE+EXECUTIVE SUITES:

All the units open up into an Amphitheatre that comes alive during the evenings. This subsequently becomes a social hub for all the three units. Trees are introduced to make the space comfortable for those evening strolls.

Roof Details

 

5. DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: