Straight Angle™: My Sort of House!
Saturday, December 03, 2005
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.
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!
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