AHW2015 – Video 3 – The prototype

Video on an imaginary occupancy of the house

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Day 15 – Concentration

The Matrimandir has notthing to do with religion, or meditation: it is a space that comes from a vision of the Mother, a Space of Concentration! – Fred , one of the original founders of Auroville

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day16bDCIM109GOPROG0489529.6:00 am : V. Rangarao explained to us how to perform a stress test, but we didn’t actually do it because of lack of electricity!!So he helped us to finally dimension the roof beam: an amazing ferrocement vierendeel-like beam with H profile.

After we finally went to visit the Matrimandir: this is the symbol of the unity of Auroville, designed by Roger Anger: an absolute space that though the use of the solar light provokes really deep sensations in the visitor.

In the afternoon Anupama Kundoo invited us to have a tea in her house: an experimental project, her bachelor house, where she experimented many of the technics she keep using in the nowadays practice.

While the work continues, at night, finishing the drawings with the right position for the stiffeners and to design the beam and the roof channels, we realized, talking to each other, that the last question of V. Rangarao was: do you believe in God?

Day 6 _The House

from 1:10 to full scale



Today we are dealing with one of the fundamental constructive-problem of the prototype: how to join the elements and fix them together. Basic but not so easy…The discussion with the engineer V. RangaRao – in connection by phone form more than 500km away – was really intense: he is suggesting to use metal bolds as connectors, and even hard plastic as spacers. The “original idea” is to avoid this kind of expensive solutions….so we will have to invent something different! RanaRao suggested also a new solution to optimize the roof structure, so we are also dealing with the effect that the new roof would have on the interior space.

In the while we have finished the model base and got the first impressions of the interior form the 1:10 scale model. The new idea that came up is to build in ferrocement as many components of the house as possible: from the door to the furniture . It seems we are going to have some extra-fun with it!!!!

Day 5_ Polychromie

The color is a way to transform a modest house into a rich home – Anupama Kundoo, Architect



Ploychromie in Architecture has always been one of the most controversial theme in the academic discussion. But in India, and likewise in many developing countries, there is nothing academic about it. Between discussions and color tests, today was the day of colors….

Day 3_ Ferrocement

An affordable technic to develop a cost-effective construction system






Sand, cement bags, iron bars and steal mesh. Eleven specialized workers and seven designers. The first group are the ingredients to create ferrocement. The latter are developing together the project – from the process of design to the process of construction and vice-versa.


Day 0_ Workshop preparation

An affordable habitat for the human life,

 an essential dwelling-unit prototype built in ferrocement

Start: 7th January

image1a– wooden cast, in progress

Since several days, before the arrival of the workshop participants,

the local team of support lead by Anupama Kundoo

has been working on the technical aspect for the project realization….

-2 days to go,

stay tuned!!!