TRAVERSING TRANSITION SPACES…….

Transition spaces are the spaces that can neither be categorized as indoor nor as outdoor spaces and are located between indoor and outdoor or public and private spaces. They perform functions of influencing human behavior ,including visual separation or connection, territorial definition and control of traffic and climatic factors. Traversing through transition space is different feel from being on either side of it to emphasize the significance of entering and exiting the space.
Transition spaces create spatial opportunity for a range of activities rather than being built to serve a specific function . Transition space take up function of nearby space and act as a spill over of the immediate space. Climate and culture of the locality plays important role in shaping transitional spaces.

Transition spaces can be categorized into
3 main categories.

1)From Public to private space
Archways, huge doorways to temples, Gateways to the complex are few examples of public to private space transition.

WELCOMING ARCHWAY


2)Outdoor to indoor
Linking corridors, verandahs, patios, decks, courtyards, foyers, terraces are few examples of outdoor to indoor transition spaces.

INDOOR OUTDOOR LINK


3)From one static space to other static space
Passage, lobby, staircase, elevators, ramps are few examples of transition space between two static spaces.

RAMP LINKING ALL LEVELS




Thus transition spaces play very important role in the field of Architecture and one has to frequently traverse these spaces from one environment to the other. Elements used to define these spaces play a very crucial role. To give the aesthetic appeal to the space, materials used and the way they are used is very important.



E.g instead of giving a boring passage we can make it more interesting depending on its location.
-Make the passage into entertaining zone or get some activities happening throughout the passage to involve the passer by.
-Create visual connections in between to break the monotony .
-Integrate the outdoor landscape in between the passage so when one traverse through these transition spaces they are lively and happening.



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BRIDGING THE GAP

Indoor to outdoor…

We live in the beautiful world where we are god gifted by nature and its natural resources. Exploring nature and living symbiotically with nature is always important in our lives. We are staying in a concrete jungle and are missing nature’s soothing elements. So its utter important to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor. Whatever is the style of construction, connecting to the outdoor through design will enrich your space and your life.
Architecture is art and science of the building, but science aspect is not something that many of us undertake. So its utmost important to use design with natural elements to bestow wellbeing benefits. In today’s world humans have rushed to live in urban spaces and they are disconnected from nature, which is having detrimental impact on their health. Improving air circulation and quality, and connecting indoor spaces to outdoors through incorporation of plants, green roof, green walls into design are very important.
*Careful sequencing of internal and external spaces into the house creates a series of seamless transition.
*Covered terraces, balconies, decks, offers spaces that are covered on top but open on 2 or 3 sides which creates connection with outdoors.
*Introduction of courtyard which extends to the outdoor landscape will transit the space.
*Skylight is another way of capturing view of the sky in cozy spaces.
*Giving large picture windows, doors in view direction will catch ones eyes towards nature.
*Open to sky terraces with terrace gardens, seating spaces, play areas creates strong link between nature and home.

INDOOR SPACES OVERLOOKING COURTYARD


Thus it is crucial to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor by building connections with nature to reduce stress and aid recuperation, thus enriching your space and life.

COURTYARD HOUSES OF GOA

Vanishing Architecture…..



Central courtyard houses of Goa -the origin of which lies in the Indus valley civilization. Traditional homes of Goa houses central courtyard named as “Radhangan” with tulsi Vrindavan in it for Hindu homes. Open to sky courtyard in the center is surrounded by all other rooms around it keeping the house cool in hot climate along with its sacred properties.
Traditional Goan Hindu house composes of
1)Balcao (an entrance verandah with seating)
2)Central courtyard with tulsi Vrindavan
3)Big Living room
4)Big Dining room
5)Passages around the courtyard used for dining on occasions
6)Puja room as big as living room
7)Kitchen with back door opening to garden
8)Store
9)Toilets
10)Bed rooms
11)Well with open shower space next to it
Central courtyard was used as multipurpose space depending on the season. Some of the uses extended to drying of kitchen stuff, play area, get together space for family, garden space and enjoying monsoons. In older days courtyard was also used to perform wedding in the house. Courtyard controlled all the house activities and was environment friendly. Open to sky courtyard allowed sunlight in the core of the house and controlled air flow throughout the day and night keeping the house cool. It functioned very well from Vastu point of view where brahmasthan is kept open to sky without blocking any energies and keeping the place lively. Brahmasthan is the root of energies that are dispersed to every corner of the plot .
It is very sad today that these houses with so many good features are vanishing .Courtyard concept is hardly used in contemporary houses. We can still use the traditional features blending with contemporary style to retain the traditional architecture.