Located in Kadi (Gujarat, India) the Common Facilitation Centre is a reconstruction project of a semi-dilapidated house, repurposed as a Craft Manufacturing Unit for a cooperative of women organized under the Self-Employed Women Association (SEWA) Federation.
The project departed from an exceedingly constricted budget, difficult contextual conditions, and far-reaching expectations. In order to address these circumstances, the design process began by repurposing the existing structural system whilst opening the front façade through a traditional ‘Otla’; a raised plinth for sitting and gathering common to traditional neighborhoods (‘Pols’) in Gujarat. On the other hand, aside from rearranging the organizational layout, the program obliged the addition of a floor along with a terrace, for which a metallic structure was employed based on initial structural assessments. These additions hence, follow from a careful operation of lightening the supplemental structure whilst recomposing internal functions by virtue of the façade and simultaneously learning from immediate contextual cues of environmental responsiveness. In that manner, the design is a direct result of programmatic, structural, and contextual contingencies, which reimagines the existing space as an alternative appropriation of women artisans.