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The 3R Pavilion

Type: Architecture, Landscape and Interior Design

Status: Completed in 2016 at Ahmedabad


The 3R Pavilion explores the opportunities of reducing, reusing and recycling of materials in buildings. The clients wanted us to develop a multi-purpose area adjoining a swimming pool. They wanted to use unconventional materials and were even OK if the structure failed! We based our approach on the 3R principles: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling of materials. The amount of steel and concrete was reduced by using filler slabs with earthen pots that were made by a local potter. Unburnt bricks comprising of surkhi waste and ceramic waste lime mortar were used for masonry. Waste stone chips were sourced for in-situ terrazo flooring and reclaimed beer bottles were reused as fillers in walls together with pallet wood from the packaging industry. Double glazing and overdeck insulation was provided to reduce heat gain. The structure was designed to accomodate all existing trees. Wood, doors and windows were reclaimed (and restored) from demolition of old houses.


Photographs by: Radhika Pandit

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