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Reviving Life Around Ship Graveyards | Architectural Sheets

Archi Display Festival 2020 Entry 162
PROJECT BY: Mihir Bhagat
 (@mihirb1887 [IG] and @mihirbhagat [FB])
COLLEGE:Faculty of Architecture, Scet, Surat
YEAR OF STUDYING : Practicing Architect
CATEGORY : Rural Design
PROJECT TYPE: Studio Design Sheets
PUBLISHED BY: Archipedia

Architecture in its essence is how the space evolves with the people around it, when done right, facilitates it’s people and provides means of social change. The community of the workers at Ship breaking yards – Alang, Gujarat had many open plots to available, but they were seldom used. Oriented along the North-South axis, this intervention intends to provide enclosed open spaces, surrounded by built environments that facilitate their growth socially, economically and culturally.  The idea is to provide a platform to the community by providing with a place of their own. The women find themselves engaged in training and other activity that generates and uplifts them socially and economically. The community school provides a formal space for the children, who until now didn’t have proper means of education.
The community kitchen provides the meals for the workers and their families where as the health care facilities provide proper medical attention. These functions on the ground spill into the connecting open spaces. The building is enveloped by a screen of wooden louvers. These louvers integrate two individual spaces into one, creating a dialogue between the open and the built. The courts, corridors and the open ground are an extension of the surrounding built environment. These open spaces play a vital role in the interaction of the community within themselves and also with the visitors. It occasionally hosts events like cricket matches, small seasonal exhibitions and fairs while offering the children a place to play on a daily basis.
The building similarly grows with the users. Designed incrementally, the structural grid of 3m. X 3m. modulates as per the requirement of the time and the community. Materials like sandwich sheets, wooden planks collected from the shipyards are utilized in the construction, essentially making it sustainable in terms of the usability. With this intervention, I intend to bring about a change in the lives of the people and hope that as booming as the shipping industry is, this under-served community finds a footing for themselves as well.