Modern Architects In India: Dominic Dube
As promised last week, today we feature three projects designed by Dominic Dube – a home, a concept design for a museum and a commercial project – each one modern, minimalist and functional.
INGE’S HOUSE, Auroville
This house was designed by Dominic for Inge Rieck in Auroville. Representing hands folded in prayer, the design seamlessly integrates modern minimalism within a natural setting. The cubist structure is built of exposed concrete and glass and sits comfortably ensconced in a garden surrounded by a moat.
An extremely functional home, the living room, kitchen, bathroom and storage areas are located on the ground floor, while the first floor is reserved for the bedroom, with natural light entering the space at strategic points – Inge wanted her home to visually frame what she had learnt in Auroville.
Dube designed the home keeping two frameworks in mind; one – the tangible, structural framework, and the other – the intangible spiritual framework, reflective of Inge’s time at Auroville.
At the intersection of these two frameworks, the design was born, with the process itself alluding to the duality that exists in Auroville – that of man and meditation.
From the unexpected spiral staircase inside the home and the light that floods through the skylight, to the calmness exuded by the exposed concrete walls and the open courtyard that connects to the cosmos, all the elements within the home embrace and celebrate this duality, and ultimately the inspiration experienced by Inge at Auroville.
CONCEPT FOR THE GUGGENHEIM, Helsinki
This design won the Best Concept Award 2017 at the Trends Excellence Awards for Architecture and Interior Design earlier this year.
Helsinki is renowned for being one of the most livable cities in the world, and a design lover’s paradise, even being named World Design Capital in 2012.
Against this backdrop, which boasts much Scandinavian modernist architecture, Dominic Dube’s vision for the Guggenheim Museum at Helsinki stemmed from the idea that art, in all its forms, springs from man; it is an expression of the spirit of the artist and as such Dube saw the space as one that should embody the idea of a blank canvas, allowing the artist to reach the highest level of creativity.
His minimalist, open design without ornamentation of any kind, entitled No Thing, shuns materialism, and represents inclusivity and a higher level of spirituality.
Museums, by and large, tend to be these alluring structures that attempt to narrate a tale but No Thing was devised to be as interactive as it could get. For example, a person walking through it could feel the snow falling via the mesh, the mesh that has aptly been christened the mesh of transformation. Snow has been treated as a living and breathing element of design. It is rather poetic, just like from cold comes warmth and yet this mesh was not something that stood out to make a point, but stands there in silence to engulf man in its interactive simplicity. Quite like enhancing understanding, or the very essence of one’s being, where the mind is free of any shackles and will begin to express itself most uninhibitedly
ASSETZ MARQ EXPERIENCE CENTRE, Bangalore
Designing within context always plays an important part in any Dominic Dube design.
When designing the Assetz Marq Experience Centre – an information and marketing centre for the Marq project – for the Assetz Group, Dube decided to retain the mass of the old factory building already on site, using it as a shell. A new skin was proposed for the structure, along with other modernist elements such as glass boxes for the entrance, to give the building a contemporary feel.
The factory, with its existing steel trusses and double and triple ceiling height spaces provided the perfect canvas to develop the contemporary design further.
At first glance visitors receive a kind of a three dimensional vibration of the Marq project through different levels of perception. Three free standing screens showcase views of the project from three different perspectives, while the central open theatre is used to show videos of the project or of art in general. Other elements include areas for discussion, a cafe, a material library and a large model of the project.
The open plan ties in well with Assetz’s philosophy of being transparent with its clients. It provides an experience on a large scale, but isn’t overwhelming. Rather, it is serene and elegant – the perfect gateway to the Marq project.
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