Kochi | Amid the experimental artworks that are sprucing up for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) beginning on Dec 12, a young architect has chipped in with an innovative pavilion that would be the venue for Artists’ Cinema and History Now, two key parallel programmes of the 108-day extravaganza.
Keralite Vinu Daniels 3,000-square-feet structure in Aspinwall House at Fort Kochi is shaping up on an out-of-the-box design, using materials that are unorthodox by architectural standards.
Jute sacks, along with steel ribs and concrete, form the key ingredient to the Umbrella Pavilion which has a twisted shape that promotes natural air circulation across its interiors that are walled on the sides by tastefully-layered brick pillars which produce a lattice-like quality.
With a seating capacity of 250, the wacky building with doors on both sides leaves a pathway linking them.
While 200 chairs can be placed on the floor, 50 people can sit on the gallery. The idea is to facilitate the movement of a floating crowd without distracting those sitting and watching a seminar, movie or a cultural programme, notes the 30-year-old architect about the pavilion which has hollow bricks raised along the read end as reinforcement.
With supervisor P S Suresh of Tamil Nadu and a team of 45 assistants and 100 helpers, Vinu is sure that the pavilion would be completed on December 12 the inaugural day of the 2nd edition of the KMB. Also, students from half-a-dozen architecture colleges in Kerala are coming in batches to chip in with last-leg work. It will be a practical class for them, adds Vinu.
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