Community Centre
Bansberia, India

Encouraged to maximize the public utility of a private building, the "Gallery House" Community Centre in Bansberia, West Bengal, was conceived as an extension of the street. Inspired by temples and mosques using terracotta - a material that has been shaping architecture in the Bengali Gangetic Basin for centuries - the 330 square metre space is split over two levels and includes a mix of flexible open-planned spaces that are utilized for various events. Several architectural features are used to suggest a local welcome, including arched openings, brick work and ornamentation. Various levels of steps rise from the street, delineating several architectural functions. The ground floor space - primarily used as a parking garage - can be adapted for larger public events. At night, the spaces function as a parking garage below and a dormitory for resident staff above.   

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Bansberia, India
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Completed 2019
330 m²
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