Text and Images: Aniket Risbud
A construction worker, who actually materialized the designs on construction sites and is an integral part of the construction industry often gets neglected. If we trace the architectural history, even though the architectural world has moved on from a hut to tall skyscrapers, the living conditions of workers has not evolved much.
The prototype is a cube of size 2.8m x 2.8m x 2.8m, elevated from the ground by 150 mm to prevent rainwater and insects entering in. The
For instance, here the walling panels used are
SALIENT FEATURES OF THE PROTOTYPEThe prototype design is a product of rigorous thought process and research. The proposal not only enhances user’s comfort but also attempts to integrate their habitual
Its generous nature makes it unique from the conventional designs. The salient features of the design include:
- Comfort – The design ensures user comfort with the help of proper natural light and ventilation. The upper flap has a dual role- it helps to drain the
rain waterand allows natural light and ventilation.
- Adaptive – The design adapts with respect to the needs of the user and the function.3. Stackable
The prototypes can be stacked in case of site constraints. This ensures adequate user comfort in spite of having a compact
site. The G+1 module can be accesswith the help of add-ons like a passageand ladder4. Modular
The design is modular in nature, hence easily replicable. The modules can be modified according to usability. Cluster or liner arrangements can be done as per the requirement.
- Easy to erect and dismantle – This simplifies the process, minimizes the time taken by the workers to set up the proposed dwellings.
- Versatile – The prototype can be arranged in
differentfashion to house various activities. For example- the same unit can be used as a crèche, a canteen, toilet block, a medical room for construction workers.
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