Friday, May 30, 2008

competition entry for indian institute of architects

competition entries sent
mr. shameel ' s resdence at harrington road,chetput,chennai and residence at guindy
curvilinear forms,internal courtyards,introverted room arrangements
trying to avoid looking into neighbours residences,using the schools playground and their trees for the sense of visual freedom and relief

dr mohan diabetic research foundation

interiors for dr .mohan diabetic research foundation at gopalapuram,chennai

sam kumar residence

aerial view
undulating ground plane
violently projected masses trying to have their own space and presence
can the leading ramp, walkway go thru a strong presence of nature which should entice the user when they enter

projected masses of sam kumar,leading to the,towards the entrance
nature and built forms

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

r e s i d e n c e

Dr B A L A M U R U G A N ` S R E S I D E N C E A T S A L E M

house of courtyards and vaults to fit into the semi urban setting
house and clinic for doctor couple and their young son
"openess and being together all the time" is the theme of the house

Monday, May 26, 2008

s e a f r o n t g e t a w a y
mr. s a m k u m a r 's r e s i d e n c e

reaching out for the unknown

the sky, the infinity,the horizon, the dream

and the get away

breaking the conventional approach

architecture,structure ,light ,play of volumes,new journey for the user,a sculpture located in the sea front........

thank u sam,

a great architecture appreciator and a good patron
27 th may 2008
will b doing lot more breaking and modulating so that the established formalism fades and the new expression of diversified parts will emerge strongly and the new fragmented 'whole' will b spread out in an casual and unpretentious way for the commoner to appreciate architecture from the streets,from the neighbourhood,from their windows and
within ...too

Murali Architects

Residence for Mr. Samkumar


Monday, May 12, 2008

structural glazing

structural glazing, an article published in the daily paper,''financial chronicle ''dated ,may 12 2008

Very trendy, but HOW PRACTICAL?


D OING UP buildings with glass and aluminium panels, known as structural glazing in the construction industry, may heighten the aesthetics of houses but the practice is not suitable in view of the climatic conditions of the country, say experts.
Exterior decoration with the help of glass and aluminium, which became popular in the west with a boom in the construction industry during 1950s, made its appearance on the Indian realty landscape only during late 90s.
“The greatest cause of worry about structural glazing is the tropical climate of our country, especially the extreme summers,” said M Murali, chief architect of city-based Murali Architects.
“In the western countries, they want to absorb as much heat and light as possible. In our hot climes, we would need at least double the energy to cool the interiors”, he said.
Though there are various types of glasses available in the market which let the light in and keep the heat out, a column of heat will always hang around the building and will raise the atmospheric temperature more than a traditional structure will do.
Most builders now go for fixed glass, as having open glass windows in about three times costlier. But this keeps people trapped inside a perennially artificial environment, dependent on air-conditioners.
Also, excessive heat makes the resin melt and ooze out to the surface, causing ugly patches. “Many a times, it is quite difficult to remove these patches,” Murali said.
“I also have serious apprehensions about how the heat would affect the coating on the glass and aluminium panels. Moreover, once damaged during riots or natural disasters, removing the entire panel and replacing it with a panel of the same texture, colour and finish will be expensive and difficult,” he said.
According to Manish Chandra, managing director of Chennai-based Gazel Architecture, the Rs 2,000crore industry has been growing at a rate of 200 per cent for the last 3-4 years.
“But, structural glazing is still a young concept in India and we will have to see how the heat affects the glass and aluminium panels,” said Chandra. With professional life taking a precedence over thing else, people have a paucity of time and getting their dream houses done up with glass and aluminium panels saves time.
“In today’s fast-paced world, fixing pre-fabricated aluminium and glass panels to the building framework consumes at least 50 per cent less time and lesser man-days, compared to a conventional structure,” he said.
Different shades of aluminium panels are available in the range of Rs 350–Rs 600 per sq ft. Also, based on the quality, glass panels cost between Rs 120 and Rs 500 an sq ft.
At least 25 per cent of these materials are imported from countries like Germany, Japan, France, China and West Asia.
Global companies like Dow Corning and GE are the major producers of the glue, a silicon compound used to stick the aluminium panel and glass. “The most appealing aspect is the appearance. For multistoried commercial buildings, structural glazing has become a trendy and fashionable option and many old buildings are also opting for it to get a new look,” said Chandra.
For those willing to give their homes that jazzy look despite the inherent practical problems, architects have some tips.
Murali advocates placing huge canopies over the structures to avoid the sunrays falling directly on the exteriors. “These canopies would serve as big hats over the buildings.” Another way to keep the buildings cool is by having green terraces or ?? rooftop gardens.