It’s not simply one other brick in architect Srijit Srinivas’ spectacular design portfolio. A classy, sprawling constructing product of pink bricks and brickwork louvers exudes serenity in the midst of a crowded semi-urban house in Thiruvananthapuram. Daylight streams into ethereal rooms and the play of sunshine and shadow on the flooring and partitions create a fluid murals that retains altering all by way of the day.
Unfold over 17,500 sq. ft on a plot of practically 31 cents, the Benziger Hospice Dwelling was meant to be a sanctuary for indigent cancer sufferers who flock to Thiruvananthapuram for remedy on the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC).
For Srijit’s imaginative and prescient and the care with which he designed the Hospice, he gained the Jury award on the World Structure Group Awards 34th Cycle 2020. His work was amongst 24 such tasks shortlisted by the jury and he’s maybe the primary Malayali to win this award.
A challenge of The Malabar Province of the Order of Discalced Carmelite (OCD) – affiliated to the Catholic Church, the house was constructed to accommodate cancer sufferers coming for remedy and check-ups at RCC.
Srijit’s transient was to construct a hospice for sufferers who got here from throughout Kerala and neighbouring districts of Tamil Nadu.
“Nevertheless, we didn’t need a dehumanised atmosphere for sufferers and their caretakers. We needed a snug, handy house for them to relaxation and get better with fundamental services for medical assist. And Srijit has greater than fulfilled that with a hospice that has grow to be a tranquil place that provides meals and lodging, all freed from value, for cancer sufferers,” says Father Jose Mechery from the Malabar Diocese who has labored carefully with the challenge.
Srijit emphasised that the constructing should not solely present shelter but additionally emotional and psychological assist to sufferers going by way of bodily taxing remedy strategies. An alumnus of the School of Engineering, Trivandrum, he believes that buildings should be greater than mere brick-and-mortar areas.
“Accomplished in about seven-eight months, I envisaged a spot the place the sufferers would get loads of privateness with group areas to have interaction with one another, play video games or watch tv. Each ground has such areas and a kitchenette. Furthermore, for the reason that house is in a densely populated space, the double-slanted louvered brickwork façade defend them from prying eyes whereas they will benefit from the contemporary air and daylight. It additionally makes the constructing cooler,” explains Srijith.
Sufferers of the RCC and their relations can keep on the facility for 3 weeks with out paying any expenses. “After that interval, if there’s an emergency, they will prolong their keep however that may rely on the state of affairs and it’s not meant for all sufferers. Naturally, the hospice is especially for these coming to Thiruvananthapuram from different districts. We’ve got already begun accommodating sufferers,” provides Father Joseph.
The bottom ground opens right into a landscaped central courtyard that floods the constructing with pure gentle and air whereas the heat of the bricks and the soothing greenery of the vegetation create a relaxing atmosphere for sufferers and their caretakers. It additionally has a chapel, eating space and spacious kitchen.
Previous to this award-winning hospice, Srijit had gained the World Structure award for Brickhaus, an eco-friendly residence in Thiruvananthapuram he had designed with rainwater harvesting and solar energy.