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Gokul B


ATIRA Guest House: Spectrums of Design Mutabilities

This study examines the division of agency between designers and builders, utilizing B.V. Doshi’s ATIRA Guest Housing as a primary case study. Beginning with a prologue introducing concepts from Strange Details, the paper proceeds to offer a detailed description of the building, emphasizing architectural features and construction intricacies. The main essay delves into the theme of architect-builder separation, supported by meticulous on-site measurements, comprehensive modelling, and scrutiny of normative construction practices. Findings reveal a distinct partition in decision-making between architect and builder, with certain compromises serving as intermediary solutions. Examples drawn from ATIRA Guest House serve to explain and partially quantify Tehrani and Cadwell’s conceptual framework.

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Sectional Perspective of the ATIRA Guest House

An introduction to the building

Floor plan and Design evolution

Understanding of the structural system

Main Argument: Separation of Architect and Builder

Analysis: English Bond and its anomalies

Analysis: Flemish Bond and its anomalies

Analysis: Stacked Bonds

Analysis: Ornamentation and Stretcher Bond

Analysis: Influence of vaults on RCC beam shape