The human skin is an anatomical barrier in bodily defense from pathogens and damage between the internal and external environment. It also contains nerve endings that react to touch, pressure, vibration, tissue injury, heat and cold. The average sq. inch of skin holds 650 sweat glands and on an average there are 100,000 strands of hair on a young adult amounting to approximately 2200 strands of hair per square inch. The human tonguehas approximately 2000 to 8000 taste buds which are the receptors of taste and are involved in detecting the five elements of taste perception:sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy. The B A D project has 25,992 recycled PVC electrical conduits grafted onto its anatomy with surgical precision.
There are several compound words containing yoga in Sanskrit. Yoga can take on meanings such as “connection”, “contact”, “union”, “method”, “application”, “addition” and “performance”. In simpler words, Yoga also means, “Combined”. For example, guṇáyoga means “contact with a cord”. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline and the B A D experience is all of the above and much more. Designed as a tactile, sensory experience; the project harbors a range of hybrid activities.
The architectural component was designed to facilitate yoga, gastronomical experiences and cultural event spaces for music, art, performances, intellectual discourse and fashion. These activities are stacked vertically over three levels, including an open to sky terrace courtyard.
Situated in a historical village settlement in Bandra West (which has morphed in recent times due to socio-economic pressures and increasingly high land costs), the project is accessible by foot and cycle from parking zones in close proximity. Remotely located from traffic snarls and insulated from typically high levels of air and sound pollution, the project is sheathed in tranquility and peace. The dynamic “skin”, all of 25,992 black cylindrical conduits grafted into CNC’daluminumcomposite box panels with acupuncture-like precision shares a peaceful co-existence with its neighbors, its presence gradually unveiled as onemeanders through the narrow by-lanes of the historical urban fabric.
The porous, perforated nature of the skin allows the project to breathe and ventilate thereby reinforcing the relationship between the inside and outside, between body and soul. Rough tactile “true to material” textures draped in a striking “black” and “white” composition complete the user experience. Do step in and experience this intriguing coalescence of time, space and event . . . it isn’t as B A D as it seems!
– Nuru Karim
Founder & Principal Architect – NU.DE