Ar. Ashley Fialho
Ar. Rajratna Jadhav, Ar. Rishi Vora, Ar. Hardik Dedhia, Ar. Ashley Fialho, Ar. Esha Tipnis, Ar. Mythili Kowshik-Shetty, Ar. Yagnik Bathija
The guiding principle of the upcycle factory design is to use structure as the primary generator of space. The idea of structural honesty is born where the interior space is formed by actual, visible structure. This approach leads to a form of structural expressionism as an attempt to attain transparency in function till literal structural transparency is proudly announced on the façade. In contrast, the crematorium being a private, sombre function demands solitude. This is achieved sectionally by carving a subterranean space for the pyres and ritual spaces. A haiku effect is created to emphasize the nothingness of space to empathize with the idea of loss.
The project explores binaries throughout its course. Land & water, day & night, substructure & superstructure, minimalism & expressionism. However, conceptually the upcycle factory takes in waste and physically gives it a new life and the crematorium works with the deceased being given new life in the metaphysical form through collective memory. The program itself here is a metaphor for expiry & rebirth. With this everlasting transformation, the cycle of life is forever in continuum.