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Madhav Raman
We call it the Koodaaram or tent in Malayalam. It is a half -opaque, half-transparent, half-buried performance space for about 420 people. The design references the Koothambalam, a traditional performative pavilion, similarly modulating plinth, trellis, and canopy. However, it explores the possibility of diffusing its opacity and weight while infusing it with light and accessibility. By making Cabral Yard an open people’s pavilion, the design counter argues traditional exclusivities associated with performative spaces through openness, transparency, lightness, temporariness, and accessibility. Koodaaram thus suggests a counterpoint to the Koothaamablam. The design also seeks transience through lightness. The structures are designed to sit “lightly” on the site. Built in a record time of two months, the pavilion is designed to completely dismantle into components salvageable for reuse, leaving the site largely unmarked state of natural and vegetal rejuvenation of the site.
KOODAARAM: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 Pavilion
Asia-Oceania
Public
Kochi, Kerala, India
December 2018
Madhav is an architect and urbanist. He co-founded an architectural practice in partnership with Vaibhav Dimri after they graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi in 2001. Formally established in 2004, Anagram Architects is internationally recognised as amongst the top emerging practices in the world with a commitment towards delivering deeply contextual designs that encourage sustainable lifestyles. Involved in Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Public Infrastructure Planning and Environmental Design, the firm practices conceptually bold design that seeks sustainability across various registers including resource management, market forces, urban governance, traditional practices, cultural identities, evolving technology and changing climate. Madhav’s interests in cultural histories, urban economics, experience in transit, urban ecologies, multi-disciplinary strategies and new technologies adds depth to the practice. An avid cyclist and swimmer, he regularly guides research, lectures and writes about design in professional journals as well as mainstream publications. Over the years the practice has garnered much international acclaim including a nomination for the Aga Khan Award 2010 and inclusion in the Wallpaper* Magazine’s “Architects Directory 2009”. Its work has been premiated at the Architectural Review’s World Emerging Architecture Awards 2007, United Kingdom, the Cityscape Architectural Awards 2008, 2010 & 2016, United Arab Emirates, the Wienerberger Brick Awards 2010, Austria, the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2011, Switzerland, the Asia Pacific Design Awards 2012, United Kingdom, the Dedalo Minosse International Awards 2017, 2019 and 2022, Italy.
Design team – Madhav Raman, Vaibhav Dimri, Khyati Kohli, Abhishek Semwal, Narkant Negi. Collaborators: Structural Design: B L MANJUNATH Furniture Design: STUDIO WOOD
Suryan//Dang
Image of Architect/Designer (Portrait recommended)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Madhav-Raman.jpg
Board 1 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Koodaaram-Board-1.pdf
Board 2 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Koodaaram-Board-2.pdf
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2A Continental Architectural Awards
Average rating:  
 6 reviews
 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 7
Climate Responsiveness: 9

 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 7
Climate Responsiveness: 8

 by b.lenhardt
Concept and Practicality Balance: 8
Innovativeness: 7
Climate Responsiveness: 5

 by 1413794236
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 8

 by gisela.loehlein
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 8
Climate Responsiveness: 8

playful innovative use of design and material compositions to create a vibrant performative pavilion

 by sandra
Concept and Practicality Balance: 9
Innovativeness: 9
Climate Responsiveness: 9

fabulous





Anonymous @ 10/30/2023 12:00

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 7

Climate Responsiveness: 9

Anonymous @ 10/15/2023 05:09

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 7

Climate Responsiveness: 8

b.lenhardt @ 10/09/2023 10:13

Overall Presentation: 7

Concept and Practicality Balance: 8

Innovativeness: 7

Climate Responsiveness: 5

1413794236 @ 09/30/2023 08:16

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 8

gisela.loehlein @ 10/01/2023 06:06

Comment: playful innovative use of design and material compositions to create a vibrant performative pavilion

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 8

Climate Responsiveness: 8

sandra @ 10/02/2023 11:46

Comment: fabulous

Overall Presentation: 9

Concept and Practicality Balance: 9

Innovativeness: 9

Climate Responsiveness: 9

Average Score: 8.17