Designing a Temporary Floating Structure

by: Milan Desai
Instructor : Urvi Desai, Hitarth Majethiya
4 April 2017

T H E   P R O G R A M


To design a temporary structure for a floating restaurant in the lake, for the annual Tarnetar fair, Gujarat. As it is a temporary structure, a modular system is designed that can easily be mass produced and is easy to assemble and dismantle with minimum damage to the members. Design process focuses mainly on deriving a system, a floating mechanism and joineries.

The gallery on the left gives a glimpse of the time-bound exercise that forms the starting point for this project. 


Architecture is, many a times, perceived as an equivalent to permanence. Transient architecture – as Structures, Situations or Events – has for ages appeared and disappeared, and is embedded in the culture of communities and their public spaces. Temporary architecture is now re-emerging in our public space; ‘temporary’ is so retro that it has become radical. Creative use of shipping containers, recycled materials, pre-fabricated components, and innovative temporary structures – structures meant for a wide range of purposes from exhibitions and expo pavilions to disaster relief housing, public places in city nodes and tourist facilities.


This studio explores temporary architecture set in a unique cultural context, a traditional fair, where the structures have recurring use – once a year. Not only do the structures need to be temporary, portable, reusable and flexible, but also be culturally evocative and climatically resilient. The fundamental objective here is to find synergies between technology, climate and culture.