On the similar line of thought Ruskin saying that “If you can paint one leaf, you can paint the world”, i believe if one can draw a careful wall section, you can take care of the whole building.
Wall Section, Kamala House, 1959 , BV Doshi
This section reveals
1. the attitude of the built form towards the ground by slightly extending the plinth outside casting a shadow
2. folded RCC chajja-cum-parapet as an instrument to allow diffused light
3. rat trap bond as insulator
4. reveal plastered and exposed surfaces
5. tectonics and materiality of the facade
This drawing (1: 20 scale part sections) below is a drawing I made for my UG thesis (Public Library) at USD Mysore in 2008. It captures all the edge conditions of the building. It was my professional training at Apurva Amin Architects in Ahmedabad trained me to look at a building this close. And it was Bijoy Ramachandran, my thesis guide then, insisted to look carefully at the tectonic quality of the building.
Since then, for me this drawing ( and scale of noticing) has been a very important method and tool to read and build architecture .
Notes : The wall section of Kamala House is a scan from a booklet published on this house from Sangath.
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