Discipline Faculty

Terracotta Ventilation and Cooling System – ‘Gaia - Buildings that Breathe’

V Laxmi Niveda

Ms. Neelima Hasija

This project examines the interrelationship between architectural elements and materiality of terracotta. Drawing similarities betwixt the importance of structural porosity in architectural passive design strategies and the porosity of terracotta, the project engaged in explorations with terracotta to improve its porosity and capillary action. Form explorations were done based on venturi effect and tested with a pyrometer to choose the ideal form. Integration with conventional building practices was also considered to develop a terracotta jail which can be configured according to the architectural requirements.