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HIDE & SEEK Bal Mandir - Tunnel

As an integral part of the design, and a part of the circulation in the structure, we built a tunnel using ferrocement technique, which creates a kids-only territory, playful, adventurous and flooded with color.  
Digging foundation for the tunnel and building a supporting wall to
bind the tunnel to the compound wall 
Placing the reinforcement and the chicken mesh to the foundation
and the wall 
Shaping a mold out of mud for casting the cement
Attaching the chicken mesh to the compound wall - detail
Shaping the cement free-handed over the
poles and chicken mesh.
Digging out the mud
Creating halls in the cement by placing tubes in the mold for sun
beam penetration, peeping and ventilation 
Colorful china mosaic flooring
The finished tunnel


HIDE & SEEK Bal Mandir - Presentation status

HIDE & SEEK Bal Mandir - Introduction

Bal-Mandir – literally meaning "Child's Temple" – is a place that aspires to create a sense of relevance for its users, the kindergarten's kids. Doing that by adjusting the building's scale to their measure and creating a challenging and playful environment for them.

In the Hide & Seek Bal Mandir the kids could pass on their fours through a colorfully paved tunnel to the untouched area, joined to the wall and the plinth level with a sand slope. Another passage is created by a narrow gap that divides the wall in two, which they can squeeze through. A little window, positioned at their eyesight level, allows them to peep to the natural surroundings from the interior of the structure, whilst the grown-ups can watch it over the lower wall.  

  Positioning two classrooms opposite to one another with a one meter offset from the
  school gate in order to define the school entrance.

The four main principles that guided our design

HIDE & SEEK Bal Mandir - Building Process

  Working bottom-up, we set up the chronological process required for elements
  that intersect with each other. 

1. Foundations
Technical section describing the foundation

2. Tunnel*
   Tunnel reinforcement before applying the ferrocement

3. Wall
Wall during construction
 4. Roof

 Roof construction is lying on a beam which passes through the wall

Roof beam - wall intersection detail

Roof - wall intersection
5. Finishing - polished cement flooring and hay roof cover
Applying polished cement flooring in IPS technique
Covering the roof construction with hay

Summarising all the building process for a minute and a half stop-motion, we got the following:



The Mandir can be found anywhere, in any form or shape across India.
The Mandir which I planned aims to empower these two features: It is neutral and compact, enables each person to design it as he desires and to place it in any place, spontaneously.
I believe that such a design makes the Mandir accessible to the user, and in a form which enables the individual to independently cast in personal and unique content.


How to use the Mandir Card


1.       Take out the Mandir of the envelope 

2.       Open the card and flatten it

3.       Design the card as you wish

4.       Form a 90 degree angle with the card

5.       Position the Mandir any where you choose

Spontaneous Technologies

A Sidewalk Barber Shop

Amongst the tens of thousands of makeshift stalls in Ahmadabad streets I discovered two makeshift barber shops.
One of the shops had three seats while the second was only a single seat one. Both barber shops were using the sidewalk as a floor and a plastic sheet as the roof (which also defines the shop's territory). Both roofs where knotted to the fence behind the shops.
In each there is a shelf, hanging from the back fence, being the only fixed furniture in the shop.
The resemblance between these two barber shops made me wonder whether this is a known model for "a sidewalk barber shop", or maybe those two examples are only the necessary solution for reducing a common barber shop to its minimal space.
Barber shop A

Barber shop B

What Happens to the Street on a Rainy Day ?
The Monsoon season is a good opportunity to examine how the rain does affects the streets of Ahmadabad.
Ahmedabad market befor the rain (left) and during the rain
The scenery changes within minutes as the first signs of the expected rainfall threaten to wash off the street. The entire street is covered with a kind of colored tarpaulin being used as improvised rooftops to protect the market stalls, the peddlers and the others who reside in the street.
A stall which sells plastic covers

Each one quickly raises a light plastic and wires cover as a makeshift roof, tying it to a fixed object, usually to an existing fence. This spread over sheet helping the person looking from the side to understand the defined territory of each such market stall and the boundaries of each temporary living area.

The movement in the street also changes with the pouring rain; take the local market for instance; The market stalls which are usually located on the pavement opening to the street turn their faces to look toward the sidewalk, creating a temporary covered & dry passage to enable the passing by to continue their wheelings and dealings without being too affected by the pouring rain (Usually formed by stitched up tarpaulin pieces stretched between the side shops to the stall).  As the rain stops - the commerce goes back to the street and the improvised rooftops disappear.

Temporary coveres passage


Raised Rim for the Bowl

The lady selling apples on board a local bus found her own spontaneous solution for her need to carry a brimming apple bowl, attempting to prevent the apples from falling off the bowl as she picks one out of the pile.
The lady merchant padded the rim of the bowl using a simple brown cardboard thus  creating a new peripheral rim approximately 15 cm higher than its original size, enabling expanding the bowl's capacity as well as securing all the apples in the bowl she carries.

Dustbusters: When Hi-Tech meets Low Tech.

It's either unemployment or high awareness for maintenance? Two persons on a scaffold in Mumbai's Domestic Airport's terminal are dusting off the enormous modern structural of the terminal's roof. Needless to say that the flying dust falls from the roof on top of the people waking by, landing on the pavement waiting for the cleaning people to collect it to the trash can.
This very basic tool which is used for this task is nothing more than a house feather duster (see attached photo) which was extended 8 times its standard length (extended from 0.5 meter to about 4 meter long) by 4 plastic sticks connected to each other by a simple plastic binder.