Text & Illustrations: Ar. K. R. Jaisim
There have been a zillion sunrises and yet each one is as astounding as the one before and after. It is not the material content or the structural fantasies that make great spaces. It is something more…
Time is the measure and content of architectural space. Space exists. To define that space one must have content, and to have content one must have a structure. And this structure and the space it defines must have quantum.
Architecture as a built environment demands and desires this space.
To look beyond today and visualize a scenario in the future, which the built spaces have to engage, the architect (the visionary) must do this with all the restrictions that exist in the present, influence the way the design is translated and transformed into reality.
I firmly believe that nature holds the biggest example. To learn from it and excel would be the challenge every designer faces. The tree has existed and will continue to exist in its myriad forms to amaze with wonder anyone even remotely interested; it is nature.
It is the spirit of the un-built, the spaces that define – that is what makes the difference.
These spaces create architecture. The human mind has barely scratched the surface of this discovery.
Now, it is evident that imagination has no limits. Limitations are only limited by the potential of the individual. As new inventions, innovations fuse with imagination, the measure and content of the built environment will continually evolve and surpass the past and present.
Man has always dreamed of looking up and sometimes below. To me, the greater challenge is to venture below the surface to the entrails of our own earth. There is internal sun (the central core, magna) energy limitless. Imagine living in this space that can sustain as long as the earth is part of the known universe?!
It is evident that from a depth of 8 meters to about 100 meters below the surface, the atmosphere has a comfort zone that can sustain a healthy human habitat. These underground cities can be a labyrinth of interconnected spaces for all aspects of human activity. The cave in a way is symbolic of the womb, which is the source of all life. These habitations will also extend into the depth of the seas to give that touch of excitement.
Alongside this concept comes an alternative, i.e., to build in the immensity of space. These habitations will be tethered to the earth like ships moored or anchored off shore, but in the skies. These will enable unhindered the interplanetary explorations, while keeping a constant tie with mother earth.
Life, liberty, freedom and choice are fundamentals to be preserved and persevered – to be expressed as timeless architecture through inspired innovation with ingenuity and imagination. That is man and his timeless habitat.