21 Oct 2021
Case study – Ramakrishna math & Sri Sai Spiritual center & Site Visit in Bugle Rock, Basvangudi, for proposed Multifaith Sanctuary
Date: 12th October 2021
Faculty accompanied: Ar Vidya Srikanth, Ar Shubhi Sonal, Ar Roshini, Ar Meenu Nair, Ar Divya Hemanthraj
Students: 32 Students present out of 32, III Semester B section, School of Architecture
This case study and site visit was for the students of III semester B section, the School of Architecture, as part of architectural design studio III sem, the studio design proposal is given as a “Multifaith sanctuary” and in this regard a potential case studies and site had been identified at Basvangudi, Bangalore.
Case study 1: Ramakrishna Math, Bull temple Road, Basvangudi
Ramakrishna Math is a monastic organization for men brought into existence by Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), the great 19th century saint of Bengal who is regarded as the Prophet of the Modern Age. All people irrespective of religion, caste and nationality are welcome here to get peace of mind and freedom from bondage. It aims at the harmony of religions, spiritual fulfillment, all-round development of human faculties, social equality and peace for all humanity.
Case Study 2: Sri Sai Spiritual Center, Thyagarajanagar.
Sri Sai Spiritual Centre, was inaugurated in April 1954. The idol of Baba that is worshipped by devotees who come here is the first Sri Sai Baba idol to be installed in Bengaluru in May,1978. Sai Baba and his disciples Sri Narasimha Swamiji and Sri Radhakrishna Swamiji are the presiding deities of the Centre.
Students were guided to understand different aspects like anthropometry, landscaping & site planning and key functional spaces, etc. Students were instructed to observe and assimilate the form of the built spaces and experience the entire center through the following parameters:
2. Distinctive form
3. Space and Volume
4. Scale and proportion
5. Light and shadow
6. Engagement of senses
7. Color and textures
8. Connection with nature
9. Memory and Symbols
The site identified is located in the Bugle Rock Park area at Basvangudi. The site is surrounded by many religious institutes, temples etc. It is also a hub for educational institutes and study centers. Basvangudi area is an old well-planned locality in Bangalore. There are two main approach roads to the site identified. The students observed different aspects of site analysis. The data gathered from observations for site analysis helps to establish planning and design and provides data that can be used to determine an ideal approach to design. As observed, site is with bushes, boulevards, old trees and is sloping from South to North.
Since the site is surrounded by educational, religious and commercial developments, the site was found to be suitable for designing multifaith sanctuary which would cater to people from different faiths and beliefs about spirituality. The students observed and took notes regarding the site features, wind direction, adjacent buildings, access points, elements present in the site, vegetation, climatic aspects, skyline of the area, visual connections, and topography etc.