The Gallery House was planned as a garage on the ground level with a multi-purpose activity space on the upper level. And was also intended to be used by the neighborhood. To maximize the public utility of this building, its design was encouraged to extend into the street, both visually and physically.
The building took cues from Bengal’s terracotta temples. Exposed brick masonry walls inlaid with ceramic blocks define the building as a contemporary expression of the inspiration for many. Collaborating with a ceramic artist, rejected ceramic blocks produced for industrial use, were collected all together. Terracotta bricks were also procured from a river-side brick field. These two were combined and then using locally prevalent finesse of building masonry.
The building is on a site of area 330 square meters to serve the local community in the peri-urban locale of Bansberia, West Bengal. The multipurpose-room is to be used primarily for providing tuition classes and yoga sessions to the locals. At night, this space works as a dormitory for resident staff. The client enjoys a sense of pride and joy of ownership seeing the space. Keep visiting Architecture’s Idea for more houses.