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- 'Sangath' Drive In Road, 380054 Ahmedabad, India
Sangath is an attempt to reinterpret the rich architectural traditions of India and find their resolution in contemporary architecture, where a perennial search for Indian ethos and contextual idiom finds its answers. Gradual unfolding of spaces through shifting axis, inbuilt thresholds and sense of layering are key attributes of space organisation. The non axial route of movement makes it exploratory with built in surprises where every change to alignment makes one pause, ponder and reorient oneself. This makes it interactive with involvement to onlooker and an instantaneous rapport is established between him and the subject.
From arrival, the immediate space is actually approached last with a total three hundred and sixty degree movement loop. Here each turn, each pause, each node unfolds newer nuances for experiential enrichment and visual impact. The building is also a study in climatic responsive and environmentally efficient architecture, replete with passive energy systems, insulated walls, glare control, double height volumes for convective ventilation, north orientation, water harvesting and recycling, eco sensitive construction techniques and landscape. At Sangath craftsman based details create counterpoint to modernistic expressions of exposed concrete and bare floor elements.