An exploration of architectural elements in interior spaces
The project is a beginning of an iterative process to understand how the role of pragmatic
architectural principles for directionality, axis and orientation could guide the design requirements
in an ‘Interior Design’ project. The requirements provided by the client are realistically and literally
transformed into the most basic architectural elements - walls & slabs.
The space is designed for two brothers dealing in books as a commodity and is situated in a large
office complex. One of the major requirements being storage and display of books, a design
revolves around a large corridor of books.
Here, two walls are used to house books instead of humans and a slab over it is used as a shelf or
a shelter for books. These basic forms are not only repeated to meet the requirements but also
provide and cut necessary scales in the space. A rhythm is formed. Kota stone forms the unifying
ground and the Indian Patent Stone guides the eye. The exposed brick fins creates a sense of
repetition and the concrete flat beams break the volume to a more humane scale.
Kitaab Khana is one of the many interior projects where the architect attempts to find the role of the
basic architectural elements and principles to create a more straightforward yet meaningful space.
Illustration Artwork : The Nomad Cafe
Photography credits : Palak Jhaveri
Head Carpenter : Amit bhai & team
Civil Work : Kiran bhai & team
IPS flooring : Anil bhai & team