Seetharam Vallabhaneni, 2017 (unless otherwise stated)

Shell Membrane

Temporary Pavilion

Location : Mumbai, India

Studio : Architecture Studio 2 'Zenithal Light'  by Andrew Santa Lucia

Date : Spring 2016

Built Area : 1,600 Sq. Ft.

Materials Used : Sheer Fabric, Dyes, Wood

Keywords : Collaboration, Local Craft, Art x Architecture, Zenithal, Dramatic

Shell Membrane is a dramatic mixed-use pavilion whose design is influenced and enhanced by collaboration with textile designer Kanika Ranka.

It is made up of a translucent membrane protected by an opaque shell on the exterior. The soft curves of the membrane contrast with the hard straight lines of the shell creating tension and dialogue between the two components of the project.

Project Description

Shell-membrane is an outdoor pavilion that is constantly responding to its environment. It is made up of a translucent membrane protected by an opaque shell on the exterior. The soft curves of the membrane contrast with the hard straight lines of the shell creating tension and dialogue between the two components of the project.

 

The shell creates a threshold for the membrane it protects,  while also creating undefined public space around it. Opening up different possibilities of interactions enabled by the architecture.

 

The membrane made up of sheer fabric, creates a large multi-purpose space that can be used for various programs. It is punctuated with various folds and warps that create entry and exit points to the interior space. The membrane’s pattern and material composition respond to light beautifully creating unique shadows and reflections.

Membrane Mock Up

Based on Kanika Ranka's 'Luminous'

Sections

Relationship b/w shell & membrane

Perspective Views

Pattern used for outer shell,  designed by Kanika Ranka.

Heatpressed Sheer Fabric

Pattern used for the membrane.

Study Models

Light Study

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Synopsis

Text

Renders

Model

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Seetharam Vallabhaneni