Aniket Nagdive's design for a mobile visitor center features five shipping containers placed in a staggered configuration with a sixth container creating an upper-level "panorama gallery" where visitors can enjoy views of the city. Solar panels on the roof provide power for the center.
AMES, Iowa — Aniket Nagdive, who graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Iowa State University in May, has won third place and a $500 cash award in the inaugural ArchiCAD Student Design Competition sponsored by Graphisoft North America; Kitchen & Associates, Collingswood, New Jersey; and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) West Jersey section of AIA New Jersey.
The national competition challenged undergraduate and graduate architecture and interior design students to use ArchiCAD — Graphisoft's building information modeling software — to design a temporary, mobile visitors' center using metal shipping containers that could be installed in popular event locations around the city of Philadelphia, which hosted the 2016 AIA Convention. Students could use as many shipping containers as they wished, but the proposed centers had to be portable (capable of being assembled/dismantled in 24 hours or less), self-contained (with an independent power supply), ADA compliant and interactive. Designs also had to relate in some way to their surroundings.
Colorful painted stripes on the north and south façades symbolize love and joy to reflect the culture of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.
Love and joy
Nagdive, of Nagpur, India, developed a visitors' center for a site on Penn Square in front of Philadelphia City Hall using five shipping containers side by side in a staggered configuration for visual interest along the north and south façades. These façades also feature colorful painted stripes symbolizing love on one side and joy on the other, "expressing the culture of brotherly love of Philadelphia," Nagdive said. Floor-to-ceiling glazing walls on the east and west façades admit natural light and allow visitors inside to remain a part of the activity of the square, he said.
In addition to the required reception desk, waiting area and display for maps, brochures and event information, Nagdive also designed an upper-level "panorama gallery" in a sixth shipping container offering visitors panoramic views of the city. Roof-mounted solar panels provide power for the center.
"The real challenge was making it simple and flexible while also attractive," Nagdive said. "I tried to give it a sculptural essence, something unexpected from the material and form of a shipping container."
Entries were judged on how well the project responds to its site, how well the model communicates functionality of the visitors' center, and how well the student used the software elements to create a site plan, building elevations and sections.
Nagdive — who learned ArchiCAD as an intern architect with Kushwah and Kushwah Associates in Bhopal, India, prior to starting his graduate studies at Iowa State — created the project outside of class as a way to sharpen his skills.
"ArchiCAD is used extensively elsewhere in the world but not as much in the United States. The competition offered an opportunity to work with the software again," he said.
Aniket Nagdive, 2016 Master of Architecture graduate, (515) 441- 6285, email@example.com
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