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  • 1. AIMIT CHAPEL DESIGN: PRELIMINARY GOALSAND CONCEPTS9/8/2012Newton DsouzaAsha Kutty

2. Goal 1. The chapel should attract visitors from outsideConcept1 : Consider a landmarkbuilding which is unique to the region.For e.g. Designed by SantiagoCalatrava, the Milwaukee Art Museumhas become Milwaukees most visuallyprominent cultural attraction and attractsthousands of visitors from outside. 3. Goal 2. The chapel should be contemporary in form toreflect the state-of-art image of the AMIT campus Concept 2. Consider modern materials such as glass and steel that can be molded in any form allowing for allowing for maximizing natural ventilation, best possible views, and efficiency. For e.g. Moebius House, Sydney 4. Goal 3. While the form of the chapel is state-of-art, the architecturalexperience should derive from a regional architectural vocabulary Concept 3a: The form of the chapel should embody local materials and aesthetic. For e.g. (top left)Church in Goa using local laterite materials. (Bottom left)Red-oxide flooring keeps the interiors physically and visually cool at Padmanabhapuram palace. 5. Concept 3b: Consider usingelements of the old historic Aloysiuscampus and pay ode to the worldfamous Aloysius chapel interior 6. Concept 3c. Consider use of spatial layersthat helps in weathering rain, naturalventilation and filtering harsh glare of thetropical Mangalorean climate. For e.g. (Topleft) Use of open colonnades in chapel designby Asha Kutty. (Bottom) Outside layers protectthe weathering of inner core inPadmanabhapuram palace. 7. Concept 3d. Consider use of roofapex to create stack effect, i.e.natural ventilation brought about bychange in pressure between thebottom and top of a building. For e.g.(Top left) Use of open ventilation inchapel design by Asha Kutty.(Bottom) Roofs affording stack effectin Padmanabhapuram palace. 8. Goal 4. The Chapel should integrate Christian, Hindu and Arabicarchitecture of the regionConcept 4a. Avoid literalimitation of symbols and formsthat might negate their puristicvalue. For e.g. Imitation ofBuddhist Stupa in JawaharKala Kendra, Jaipur.Concept 4b. The integrationof Christian, Hindu and Arabicarchitecture should happen ata spatial level. For e.g.Cloister experience of a Hindutemple at Aihole and aVenetian church 9. Concept 4c. Instead of overt ornamentationand symbolism that might send mixedmessages, consider minimalistic forms ofarchitectural symbolism projecting anuniversal message of spirituality For e.g. (topleft) Ignatius Chapel, Seattle, (bottom left)Padmanabhapuram palace, (bottom right)Ronchamp Chapel 10. Concept 4d. Integrate spatialcompression and expansionexperiences commonly found inHindu temple, mosques andChristian churches. For e.g. (leftand bottom). Successful spatialCompression in Hindu temple atPattadkal leading to individualworship. (Right and bottom).Successful spatial Expansion inSt. Pauls church England leadingto mass worship. 11. Concept 4e. Integrate a cirumambulatorypath (pradakshina patha) found in Hindutemples more implicitly and in churches, moreimplicitly. For e.g. (left) a pradakshina patha ina Hindu temple with guardian deities. (Right) anave consisting of the way of the crossstations in a Christian church 12. Concept 4f. Integrate commonly usedfeatures of soft filtered light into the chapel.For e.g. (top left) Stained glasswindow, Chatres cathedral. (Bottom left)Louvres in Padmanabhapuram palace.(bottom right)Jali work in Siddi SayedMosque, Ahmedabad; (center) proposal of ajali work with Christian motifs by Asha Kutty 13. Concept 4g. Considerseparation of profane andsacred spaces through achange in level. For e.g. (topleft) Split level in the NorthChristian Church , Indiana.(Bottom right) elevated plinth inthe Belur temple. 14. Concept 4h. Consider interioraesthetics responsive to candlelight -- which is a hallmark of manytemples and churches. For e.g. (topleft) an interior of a hindu temple.(Bottom left) an interior of aChristian Church. 15. Goal 5 . Being in an university campus, thechapel should also serve in a social role.Concept 5a: Integrate socialspaces for informal seating in andaround the chapelE.g. Lauri Bakers architecture 16. Concept 5b: Integrate socialspaces such as open courts forstudent interaction. For e.g.(top left) Use of internalcourtyards in Salvacao Churchby Charles Corerrea inMumbai. (Bottom left) LauriBakers architecture.