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Colin Lindsay

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Le Corbusier’s Shodhan House in Ahmedabad, India was completed in 1956.Formed from concrete cast in-situ, the severe front façade with its monumental entrance portal gives way at the rear elevation to a deeply indented sun screen. This, combined with other voids penetrating from the outer surfaces to the interior, blurs the distinction between inside and out. A massive concrete canopy forms the roof, its weight and precise mirroring of the floor-plan holding the composition in equilibrium.For IR11 aspects of the Shodhan House have been used as the basis for a series of related sculptures.

The Shodhan-Screen is derived from a window in the House. In IR11 it retains a trace of this function by its attachment to the wall at one end. It partially divides the room, interfering a little with the existing architecture, its cubic modularity relating gently to the grid-like quality of the suspended ceiling.

The Shodhan-Shed is a commonplace garden shed, modified with features derived from the Shodhan House. It unites aspects of avant-garde architecture with the humbler, often improvised architecture of garden sheds and allotments. By placing indoors a structure intended for outside it uses the idea of inversion, blurring the distinction between inside and out and plays with the notion of one building inside another.


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