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Saturday, December 03, 2005

My Sort of House! 

Today's The Hindu, Mangalore edition, carried a nice article on the Morphing face of Mangalore. And that is, to a large extent, true..Though I hadn't had great opinion about this city, when I came here, I had seen stunningly beautiful houses here, in Mangalore and I am sure, it would cost me a fortune to build such structures in other cities (provided I get enough space there at prime locations).

I had always been a fan of minimalistic architecture and for the importance of functionality over frame. When I read through the article, it was impressive to say the least. Have a look at the home. The traditional furniture had given way to granite stone fixtures, that form permanent seating arrangement. I was initially doubtful about the privacy that these sort of structures offer..but I am convinced after seeing some of them here and also, reading about the way they are designed.

I like spacious rooms with lots of natural light and would anytime prefer a lightless room- I mean a limited electrified home, with lesser EB bill:P...But what with all the cities becoming a concrete jungle, and the houses becoming more a pigeon holes than the true "homes", I would prefer a city like Mangalore, for it's calm, serene and peaceful atmosphere, but for the career prospects- or the lack of it. But this city is for sure, a better place to settle down after your retirement.

So, what sort of a home would I design(rather want my architect to design)?...It might closely resemble something like a Loftcube project, that is being experimented in Germany. I am completely impressed with the functionality of the structure and the design. I would get all I want and be comfortable with the limited coverup area of the structure. The LoftCube is designed for a maximum of 5 people and it can be placed at the rooftop. This concept of a anytime, anyplace dwelling area, is new and as an experimentative idea is great.

Though I had indeed come across certain minimalistic structures like this, in the Soviet Era's East Europe, those buildings are nothing when it comes to functionality. This particular concept and the execution of the idea seems to be awesome. However, this might suit only the nomadic life style(as correctly pointed out in the site), and not be an ideal one for the family oriented Indians.

One point that I noticed in the site's "concept" page(or slide) is that, it is filled with Women's silhoutte...I suppose, that is to insist on the security of the structure. But they would have put atleast a single guy there!:P

Would definitely look forward to find something like this, in India!


Blogger Übermaniam said...

Nice. Time I bought another house :-)

12/05/2005 1:14 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@TDU: Yeah Man!.I guess, you will be in need of it soon too!:P

12/05/2005 1:55 AM  
Blogger DD said...

One of the best things I like about Bangalore is the way the (independant) houses are tastefully constructed... but all that, as you said, now requires a fortune!! Anyway, in front of these flats always look like pigeon holes.

12/07/2005 10:40 PM  
Blogger Krish said...

@DD: kandippa..there are flats that look really elegant..seen the prestige apartments near Forum? I love that architecture there..though they had tried to recreate pantheon structures there,[not the typical Howard Roark's architecture!;)], I heard that, those flats costs somewhere upwards of half of a seven digit figure!..so me having second thoughts!;)

12/07/2005 11:29 PM  
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

I dont think you know me, but I thought this post was really interesting, as I am a fan of minimalistic architecture, and I also love postmodern interior design. Nice to know that someone likes minimalistic architecture as most, if not all the poeple I know like traditional Indian architecture and interior design. Jus wanted to put my .02 cents!

12/12/2005 5:43 PM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Megha: Though I like the exuberance of post modern architecture,to me, it suffers from a perceived lack of compassion that is so much necessary for an average Indian. I feel it,(like any teenager) wanted to break free from clutches..n it is in the process of it...
Architecture like any other art is an expression of individual, of his ideas, of his self...n everyone undergoes a period of maturation, when ideas mature..when they return from the high energy levels of the youth to the calm soothing slender period of adulthood..when that happens, everyone will like the post modern architecture..but then, post modern architecture, would not be post modern architecture...;)
n thanks for the comment!

12/12/2005 11:12 PM  
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster said...

I do see architecture as an art, I also noticed that minimalist design can be really hard to visualise and execute. Isnt it funny that filling up a house with ornate art, antique furnishings and other bric-a brac can be easier than effectuating true minimalist design???? But what exactly is true minimalist design???? Just wondering...........

12/13/2005 1:47 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Megha:I wud be very much intersted to discuss these things. Wud you mind moving into e-mail to carry on with this discussion. I would prefer that! My email id is in my profile!..Thanks for understanding!

12/13/2005 1:53 AM  

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