Studio Anna Heringer

Anandaloy Center / Studio Anna Heringer

Curated by María Francisca González
Architects : Studio Anna Heringer
Area : 253 m²
Year : 2019
Photographs : Kurt Hoerbst, Stefano Mori
Lead Architect : Stefano Mori
Concept And Design : Anna Heringer
Client : Dipshikha Bangladesh
Sponsor : Kadoorie Foundation, Lutz & Hedda Franz Charitable Trust
Consulting : Martin Rauch (earth and bamboo details), Andreas Guetling (roof construction), Emmanuel Heringer (bamboo roof)
Contractor : Montu Ram Shaw
City : Rudrapur
Country : India

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Textual content description supplied by the architects. The Anandaloy Building hosts a middle for folks with disabilities mixed with a small studio for the manufacturing of honest textiles (Dipdii Textiles).

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For Studio Anna Heringer, architecture is a instrument to enhance lives. The technique of the entire tasks regardless of if in European, Asian or African context is the usage of native supplies + native sources of vitality (together with handbook labor) + international know-how. As a result of the Anandaloy undertaking is principally constructed out of mud and bamboo from native farmers, the largest a part of the funds was invested in native crafts(wo)males. Thus, the building is far more than only a structure, it turned an actual catalyst for native improvement.

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This undertaking is the buildup of the educational strategy of all of the 5 earlier tasks in Rudrapur, together with METI Faculty. In contrast to the opposite tasks that had been beneath German supervision, the positioning was managed by the Bangladeshi contractor, Montu Ram Shaw and the crew of the mud and bamboo staff from the village, together with some individuals with disabilities. As for Studio Anna Heringer know-how switch is essential, this undertaking is a good proof that the information is now actually rooted.

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Usually disabilities in Bangladesh are seen as a form of punishment and problem from God or dangerous Karma from a former life. Due to this they’re relatively hidden, than included. Apart from this poverty forces each grown-up member within the household to work and largely folks with disabilities are left on their very own through the day. Locations for remedy are uncommon within the nation and never current in any respect in that rural space of Rudrapur.

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At first the building was deliberate as a remedy middle solely, however we had been capable of lengthen the building into one other story, internet hosting Dipdii Textiles, a studio for the feminine tailors within the village. This a part of the building’s programme is co-initiated and taking care by Studio Anna Heringer as a way to enable girls to seek out work of their villages. It’s an efficient counteract to the urban-rural migration. The idea was additionally not solely to supply therapeutic remedy for the folks with disabilities, but in addition present them a possibility to be taught and work in that building and interact locally there. Everyone desires to be wanted.

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As a visual signal of this inclusion an enormous ramp winds up the primary ground. It’s the solely ramp in that bigger space. Already through the building, it has been subject of discussions amongst the numerous native guests which might be coming to see the positioning. What’s the motive for that ramp? Why is it necessary to ensure entry to everybody, regardless of if wholesome or not? How can the lives of individuals with disabilities be improved? How can inclusion be integrated?

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The building`s architecture explores the plastic skills of mud as a way to create a stronger identification. Mud is thought to be poor and old school materials and inferior to brick for instance. However to us, Studio Anna Heringer, it doesn’t matter how outdated the fabric is, it’s a matter of our inventive capacity to make use of it in a up to date method. To point out the sweetness and capability of mud, it’s wanted to carry out the perfect of it and never simply to deal with it as a less expensive model to brick.

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With that individual mud method, known as cob, no formwork is required and curves are simply as straightforward to be finished than straight partitions. In contrast to the opposite buildings in that space which might be erected in an oblong structure, the Anandaloy Building breaks out of the mould. It dances in curves, the ramp winds playfully round its interior structure. On a symbolic stage the building indicators: it’s nice that we human beings are all completely different. With its joyful curves it radiates the message: range is fantastic!