Abin Design Studio creates terracotta brick community center in Bansberia
Architecture studio Abin Design Studio has built a small multi-functional community center in the town of Bansberia, in the Indian state of West Bengal.
Informed by the terracotta temples found in West Bengal, the two-story center is designed to provide a variety of flexible spaces for the local Bansberia community as well as a dormitory for staff.
Abin Design Studio designed the community center for the owner of the nearby Wall House, who also commissioned the studio to create a concrete and glass lattice temple.
The owner wanted to build a garage, but was convinced by the founder of Abin Design Studio, Abin Chaudhuri, from the area, to initially create a facility for the community on the upper floor. As the work progressed, he agreed to hand over the majority of the building to community functions.
âMy client was looking for a garage and a dormitory for the staff, and after purchasing this land, he asked me to design it,â Chaudhuri told Dezeen.
“As a son of Bansberia, I understood that there was a need for a community center, so I tried to convince him to create a community center, which he also partially accepted,” said he continued. “There was a lot of talk and he finally agreed to make this community center for the local people.”
The concrete-frame building is clad in exposed brick masonry walls inlaid with ceramic blocks rejected by their manufacturer and locally produced terracotta bricks.
Abin Design Studio collaborated with ceramic designer Partha Dasgupta to create the varied facade finishes inspired by a local terracotta temple.
âThe 200-year-old terracotta temple of Ananta Basudeva is one of Bansberia’s best treasures,â Chaudhuri explained.
“It is an absolutely brilliant baked-brick work comprising mythological stories that have fascinated us from childhood,” he continued. “This facade is a tribute to this treasure and to this heritage.”
An open staircase, designed to help connect with the street, leads to the first floor community hall and the building’s roof terraces.
âThe steps at the front of the center were a request from locals to be a gallery to see the celebration of multiple local processions and festivals – for which the area is famous,â Chaudhuri explained.
The first floor also contains the staff dormitories, the toilet and bathroom and a small kitchen.
Below, most of the ground floor of the building is occupied by a large community hall in a space accessible from the street and originally designed as the garage.
Abin Design Studio is a Kolkata-based architecture studio that was established by Chaudhuri in 2005. The studio previously designed a concrete Hindu temple which was featured in a film by architectural photographer Edmund Sumner.
The photograph is by Edmond Sumner.
Principal designer: Abin Chaudhuri
Design team: Sohomdeep Sinha Roy, Qurratul Ain Maryam
Structure: Soma kazi
Project coordinator: Debjit Samanta, Debkishor Das, Dipankar Mondal
Ceramic artist: Partha Dasgupta