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This project was a part of my Space Design Module at IIT Hyderabad. The objective was to reimagine a pod inside the IITH premises as a space that would render unique experiences. 

Team - Vinisha Mohan, Tanya Bareria & Ria Francis   Guided by- Neel K

There is a certain chaos in freedom. With no brief in place and no constraints on the outcome, our minds wandered from imagining spaces with beautiful tactile interactions to an intangible space that can tug at one's mood and emotions.

With minimalism in the back of our minds, we ditched the idea of 'adding things' to create a design and instead thought of playing with what is available in most if not all spaces- light.


The play of light and shadow and the pattern it forms on the wall in this photograph that belonged to my colleague served as a great inspiration for us to start experimenting with light filtered through various patterns, inducing strong nostalgic moods.

Photograph by Tanya Bareria

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Paper mockups were made with a range of vents, slits and crevices to study the pattern play of shadow on the adjacent space. Various GSM of paper and intensity of light was used to understand how light is getting filtered through.

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The patterns formed by light filtration had different shapes and it grouped to create formations in the space that could perhaps have an effect on, or dictate moods.

Referring to a study on the effects of shapes in peoples moods and the probable meaning each shape could commonly convey, we discerned two trends. Participants took more pleasure from repeating patterns, and were excited by intense patterns than weak ones.”Non repeating pattern were unpleasant and weaker patterns more calming.

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The second iteration involved the introduction of 'Jaalis' to replicate the effect of light filtration through a wicker surface. A combination of Jaalis to filter broad and narrow light and produce dark and bright spaces in the pod were used.

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Literal Play while testing


The final model was made of MDF, using techniques of laser cutting at varied speed and intensity, hand scoring and cutting of wood, shallow cut and scoring for the curves and some woodwork for the roofing and base of the structure.

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Each section was made as a module for ease of assembly, dismantling and transfer. Masking tape was used to support adhesive fastness in modules that needed to be fixed.

Sliding mechanism on a curve for the pod was made and fixed by hand. 


We called the model 'Pinhole', it was exhibited to the public where we had research scholars, professors, staff, colleagues, and mentors from the department come, see and interact with the space prototype. The experience was intriguing and  calming as imagined in real space and stated by one of our audience.

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Display of the reimagined space in various views

On Model, as Imagined in real space - Patterns formed as the sun moves 

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Pinhole Model

The Team

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