Born in Mumbai on May 10th 1975, Poonam Mulchandani moved to Auroville in 1997 after graduating from the Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. She has an independent practice since then. Indulging in diverse projects, all of them incorporate sustainable design practices while maintaining cost and time efficiency. She most enjoys working on public buildings and projects with a social purpose.
Architecture is a celebration . . . of form . . . lines . . . light . . . colour . . . and nature.
Design directives :
To create a contemporary architectural language, using a vocabulary of the vernacular.
To diminish the distinction between natural and the built.
To evolve an architectural expression through simplicity in form, lines and function.
Sustainable Practice strategies :
Climate response: Raised Floors to enhance air flow and avoid humidity.
Large openings for ample air flow.
Shading of outer walls.
Use of Passive cooling design principles like Stack effect
Material sensibility: Use of Rammed Earth foundations, load bearing structural systems to reduce the use of concrete, and thus CO2 emissions. (One ton of CO2 is released during the production of one tone of cement)
Mud plaster for external rendering to reduce thermal heat gain.
Use of salvaged timber for roof structure, doors and windows.
Use of Prefabricated RCC elements for time, cost and water efficiency.
Water conservation: Use of dry composting toilets
Waste water recycling and reuse
Rain water harvesting
Use of Indegenous species of vegetation for landscaping.
Energy Conservation: Use of Solar energy to generate electricity and heat water.
List of projects
Zen beach house, Repos, Auroville, TN - 2009
Environment Education Center, Botanical Garden, Auroville, TN, India 2007-08
Jeeva Nivas - Orphanage for HIV+ youth, ChinnaKalapet, Pondicherry: 2008 09
Farm Units, Mathur Village, Tamil Nadu : 2008 09
Seed bank, Jallahalli, Karnataka - 2008
Lounge, Dune Beach resort 2007
Guest rooms, Dune beach resort 2007
Nandanam Creche, Centerfield, Auroville 2006
Nandanam Kindergarten (first phase), Centerfield, Auroville 2005
Caretaker's house, Botanical Garden, Auroville 2005
Seed Bank, Botanical Garden, Auroville 2004
Camp Pavilion, Botanical Garden, Auroville 2003
Own house, Botanical Garden, Auroville 2001
Green workers' accomodation, Revelation, Auroville - 2000
Website : www.poonam-mulchandani.com
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