iksoi design studio has created a manufacturing unit in the outskirts of ahmedabad, india. the ‘machine in the garden’ factory is located on a site surrounded by large agricultural and pastoral landscapes. the client acquired the piece of land and required the building to be constructed within a very short time frame and with a limited budget. the project intends to create a dialogue regarding the irony of large industrial developments in rural settings and re-evaluate the relationship between them.
all images by vishal mehta
the machinery used in the factory, being mostly automated, requires the bare minimum of human intervention and therefore, the exercise was primarily to design an efficient assembly line and shelter for the machines. the resulting plan by iksoi reflects the technical requirements of the machinery and the overall manufacturing process. meanwhile, the section takes advantage of different volumetric requirements of individual parts in order to achieve an overall form, scale and identity for the project.
as the site is located in the midst of vast agricultural land, it presents a perfect opportunity to reflect and comment on the increasing phenomenon of sudden intrusions of technology in pastoral landscapes. in this project, iksoi has decided to use a bold yellow color in an attempt to create a dialogue between the industrial theme of the factory and the green landscape of the endless fields in rural ahmedabad.
project name: ‘machine in the garden’
architect: iksoi design studio
project location: ahmedabad, india
completion year: 2014
built area: 4600 sqmt
site area: 30400 sqmt
photographer: vishal mehta
design team: dhawal mistry, virginia garcia, chandni shah
structural design: girish dhanwani, caes consultants
edited by: lynne myers | designboom
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