The Bad Cafe (Cafe) by NURU KARIM
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
The average sq. inch of skin holds 650 sweat glands and on an average there are 100,000 strands of hair on a young adult amounting to approx. 2200 strands of hair per square inch. The human tongue has approx. 2000 to 8000 taste buds. Taste buds are the receptors of taste and are involved in detecting the five elements of taste perception,sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy. The BAD Yoga building has 25,992 recycled pvc electrical conduits grafted onto its anatomy with surgical precision.
The architectural component was designed to facilitate yoga, gastronomical experiences, and cultural event spaces for music, art, performances, intellectual discourse and fashion. These activities are stacked vertically over three levels, including an open to sky terrace courtyard. The porous, perforated nature of the skin allows the project to breathe and ventilate thereby reinforcing the relationship between the inside and outside, between body and soul.
Design Challenges
The design development process leading to the fabrication process, given site constraints was a challenge. To mitigate the same we developed live, full scale prototypes in our studio to communicate to the contractor the ease of the fabrication process using state of the art digital fabrication tools.
Production Technology
Re-use / Re-cycle : The dynamic skin, all of 25,992 black recycled cylindrical conduits were grafted into CNC aluminium composite box panels with acupuncture-like precision. The interior seating systems, furniture were recycled as well. The suspended light fixtures were cast in recycled plastic bottles.
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