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Studio Chintala / Studio Chintala

Studio Chintala / Studio Chintala

© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao+ 24

  • Architects: Studio Chintala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  700 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs Photographs:  Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Saint-Gobain, Tata Steel, Adobe, Corian, Funder Max, NCL Industries, Sintex, Trimble
  • Lead Architects: Diwakar Chintala
  • Design Team:Ravichandra Pilla, Tarang Gupta, Kiran Golla
  • City:Indiranagar
  • Country:India
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© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao

Text description provided by the architects. A design practice built on the philosophy of “simplicity and honesty”, Studio Chintala begins each project by asking what it means to its users and the context. With the aim to create spaces and experiences that discover the soul of the project, the function and the emotions of the people that interact with it. The studio believes that design is problem-solving, the process of finding the simplest and most logical solutions. Beauty is merely a by-product of the inherent simplicity and honesty of the design.

© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao

When Studio Chintala set out to design its own studio, a space that will truly represent its design values, we started by asking questions about the purpose of the studio and how the studio space can support that purpose. The answer was rather clear, the studio was a a space where people come together to design meaningful experiences and have fun!

© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao

It was decided that the studio would be built on the rooftop of a retail building in one of Bangalore’s dense but vibrant neighborhoods. This meant that the studio had to be built as a “kit-of-parts” in order to solve the logistic challenge of getting building materials onto the roof of a functioning retail building. Also, this approach allowed for modularity and speedy construction. Each building element was pre-manufactured and assembled on the roof. The steel structure of posts and beams came together with simple bolted connections, the interiors including shelving, cabinets and the restroom were inserted into the space as a storage spine along one of the long sides.

© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao

The interior is a functional rectilinear space, organized around a long table to encourage collaboration. A short flight of folded plate stairs leads into an entry space with a yellow steel bench. The resulting form of the building is a simple transparent glass cuboid, elevated on short steel stilts. A large tree hovers above, shading the building and allowing for views from all sides. A small balcony in the front connects the space to the active street below. The rest of the roof serves as a gathering space for design events, a workshop and informal meeting space. At night the building appears as a shaft of light nestled on top of the building.

© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
Concept Diagrams
Concept Diagrams
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao
© Rama Madhu Gopal Rao

While the project does not make a loud stylistic statement, it serves as the perfect setting for its users. It also serves as a great means to communicate the studio's design philosophies to clients and is an omnipresent reminder of the studio's values.  No one aspect of the building stands out, however, they all come together as a seamless harmony.  Finally, the studio space above everything else, serves it's purpose in bringing together people that aspire to design meaningful experiences. The space truly brings joy to it's users.

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Project location

Address:656, Rooftop, 100 Feet Road, Stage 3, Indiranagar, Stage 1, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560043, India

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Cite: "Studio Chintala / Studio Chintala" 25 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/950063/studio-chnitala-studio-chintala> ISSN 0719-8884

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