1 ShanthiRoad International Art Commune

The beginnings from within…

A place that could nurture a tree’s benevolent presence, An oasis within a chaotic urban environment, A hub for artist and travelers, a conversation across cultures.

The task of creating an ‘open welcoming environment’ is taken as almost literally personifying the client himself, and his generous nature. The existing grid of columns bifurcates itself into 4 quadrants marking 4 alternating closed and open spaces, thus becoming distinct studio and residence zones. These remain interconnected, such that one could circumambulate through and through and experience the 4 very different mini microcosms, the house reveals itself as an open structure where the outdoors also serves as rooms to be lived in.

Typology

An art residency/colony

Location

Shanthi Nagar

Program

2 BHK house,1 art gallery, 4 resident artist spaces, 2 garden courts

Site

50’X50’ terrace plain with a Badaam tree

Built Area

4500sft

Client

Suresh Jayram, Artist & Curator

Time

Transformations through 2002, 2007, 2013

Architecture

Kalki Karthikeyan, Meeta Jain

Structural Consultants

Cruthi Consultants/B.L. Manjunath & Co.

Contractors

Rajesh/ Laxmikanth / Sreeraksha