An Intermission

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Semester
Competition Name
Student Name
Nehal Manshani
Vedashree Mhadgut
DAC - Academy's Recess - Rethinking Amphitheatre Area
VIII

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Competition Brief:
Academy's Recess proposes the generation of architectural ideas for outdoor activities for the institution's amphitheatre area while retaining the original functionality of the space. Interaction and Activity in a natural environment is the key focus of the competition.
Narrative:
Previously, the Banyan tree created an identity of the old era, a new abstract form has been introduced in its place to mark the start of a new era. Stepped seating has been created beneath and around this abstract form. A deck created as an extension of the amphitheater connects it to the first floor as well as the staircase at the mid landing level. It also allows a connection to the art gallery on the first floor , acting as a binding feature to the activities being conducted there mainly during exhibitions or any installation or art displays, it also allows for shaded resting spaces.
The open courtyard in the center, facing the stage, has been created to provide an outdoor seminar or performing arts space for informal discussions in addition to the auditorium. The wall connecting to the outer footpath has been treated as a blank wall in order to keep it as a wall of remembrance and a canvas for the leaving batches to convey their experiences and messages. This forms an interface between the inside and the outside so small windows have been created for the outsiders to get a glimpse of the college.
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