Guest House for ICT, DEI

Project Duration: 21st April 2015 - 9th May 2015 (18 days)

Client: ICT, DEI campus, Amritsar

Location: Amritsar, Punjab, India

Total Area: 180 m2 / 1940 ft2

A Charrette Project with Bamboo, Mud and Waste. This is a unique project in which all the stake holders interacted directly with each other and participated equally in both the Design and the Construction process, including the interiors. The project helped in raising awareness at the community level on the importance of Bamboo and was crucial in kick starting the Bamboo courses at DEI (Deemed University), Agra.

The Guest house layout was designed according to the overall master plan keeping in mind the approach to guest house to maximize use of prevailing wind direction and to maximize the usage of natural light without disturbing the existing trees on site. Designed considering the existing site contour levels with extensive plantation of indigenous plants.

The walls are Bamboo-crete walls with mud and/or lime plaster. 4" rounded bamboo frame work for roofing, with eco-board false ceiling has been used. Door and window frames are in local wood, railings are in bamboo and all furniture and interior design elements are in bamboo. The Lippan work is of mud and cow dung plastering is for walls, flooring in guest rooms and outside flooring in sit out area. The local community got involved passionately and helped with the construction, on site. The entire process was carried out in a dynamic manner, viz. Design – Check feasibility – Aesthetics – Material availability – Training – Execute, so that the challenging deadline of just 18 days could be met.

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