The Pandrata Centre will be composed of:
# The main building:
- on the ground floor, the Study Circle library,
- on the 1st floor, a polyvalent room which can be used for theater practice, conferences, temporary exhibitions etc..
# 4 housing units.
# One restaurant with a stunning north oriented view of the Arabian sea and the village.
# One open-air amphitheater.
# One workshop
# One ecological garden.
# A Residence of 12 bedrooms and one restaurant, a few meter away from the centre.
Study Circle Library
# Creation of customized bookshelves, with recuperation of the existing ones which are in a good preservation state.
# Creation of customized tables, chairs, and steps.
# Creation of customized bedroom furniture, and build-in shelves.
# Clear polished stone flooring.
# Light system, in the shelves, above the tables, and in the activity corners.
# Creation of built-in seats in the veranda.
# Creation of a foldable bookshop for the veranda.
# Customized metal bars for the windows, customized wooden decoration on the door.
On The First Floor Of The Study Circle Library
# The first floor of the main building comprises:
- a well-ventilated patio (veranda) on all facades,
- one large room (225 sqmt) without angles for diverse corporal practices, conferences & temporary exhibitions,
- one changing or storeroom,
- eventually 2 toilets.
Reconverting The Existing House
# Work to be done on the existing house in order to convert it into a functionnal restaurant:
- fixing the roof (replacing broken tiles, treating or replacing the wooden framework when necessary),
- demolishing the wall between the 2 smaller rooms (toilets and cupboard) in order to obtain a greater water room equiped with 2 big sinks and 1 shower,
- replacing all window features by new ones, and creating a passe-plat at the basis of one of the kitchen window (cf. plan).
# The restaurant is composed of 4 rooms:
- one storage & preparation room,
- one kitchen,
- one water room for dishwaing and bathroom,
- and one account room also used as possible bedroom for the chef.
# The terrace:
- built-in seats,
- wash bassin for customers,
- tressed palm-leaves roof.
# 2 exterior toilets.
Flora, Water Collection And Furniture
THE HEIGHT, GROWING TIME, SHADE PROVIDED, AND TYPE OF GROUND NEEDED ARE GUIDANCE REGARDING WHEN AND WHERE TO PLANT THEM
# Vegetable garden.
# Fruit garden:
- mango trees,
- banana trees,
- pineapple trees,
- cashewnut trees,
# Types of plants:
- a bamboo forest to provide quick and dense shadow,
- eucalyptus (accacias?), to provide quick and dense shadow.
# Walkways made with laterite blocks (entire proper blocks), carefully put with cement or lime line on the joints.
# The 2 wells created for the construction of the main building provides water for shower, toilets and kitchen.
# An additional water bassin collects rain from the monsoon.
This water is then used for shower, toilets and kitchen.
# Customized garden furniture:
- from Kumta: ratan chairs, benches and tables,
- or solid mud homemade furniture.
Features And Ecological Systems
On the Pandrata Centre’s site more than anywhere else in Gokarna, in order to preserve the quality of the natural source of drinking water at the Rama Temple below, it is crucial to establish an ecological recycling water system.
# RECYCLING WATER ANAEROBIC SYSTEM
The Centre will be equiped with a 4 steps water filteration system:
- step 1 = underground settler (only for toilet’s wastewater),
- step 2 = anaerobic baffled reactor (greywater goes in directly),
- step 3 = planted gravelfilter,
- step 4 = polishing pond.
At the term of this final stage, the water is purified and ready to be used for gardening.
# Drinking water is taken daily at the Rama Temple source.
# Note in the housing requiring to use only organic products (soap, shampoo, conditionner, toothpaste, clothes, floors & windows, and plates washing liquids etc.)
The Pandrata Centre could either provide or sell those organic products.
Ideas & Systems
# In order to save the energy required for the ventilation of the library, the building runs on a hybrid ventilation system (natural & mechanical).
When the cooling capacity of outdoor air is low, especially during the hot season, electric fans are running with the energy provided by photovoltaic cells (solar pannels) on the southern side of the roof.
The electricity stored can also be used to power the other equipments running during the day (computers etc.), and eventually at night.
Sorting, Collecting, Re-Using The Rubbish
# There are 4 different types of rubbish to sort:
- organic waste;
- metals (all forms: toothpaste tubes, metal foil wrapping & containers, olds metal ustensils etc.);
- glass (even broken);
# Sorted rubbish can be sold to dealers who in turn pass on these materials to recycling experts.
# The rubbish is collected in big and resistant paper bags (for example, cement packaging bags) of 4 different colors.
# Collections will happen at agreed times by the appropriate dealers.
The collection journey and vehicle have to be taken into consideration.
# Permanent, strong, elegant and prominent containers for the bags are built in the garden:
- “4 in 1”,
- made from the collected material for example! (cf. drawing).
# The organic waste is used in the Pandrata Centre’s garden to fertilize the earth for the growth of plants, fruit
trees and vegetables.
# An explanatory board is to be found in the library where everyone can learn how to:
- not create unecessary rubbish,
- sort various types of rubbish in the provided containers,
- never throw on the ground!,
- reduce the consumption of plastic (Paper can be recycled without the use of energy whereas recycling plastic needs energy (fuel).).
# Similar notes are also displayed in the housing.
TO BE DESTROYED
And How To Re-Use Materials
# The existing wall:
re-use of the laterite blocks (entire or broken) for the new wall.
# The existing toilet block:
re-use of the laterite blocks (entire or broken).
# The excavation made for the construction of the first floor will be transformed into the half-burried open-air amphitheater.
Transformations & Adds-On
# Work to be done on the 6 exisiting bedrooms:
- paint job, inside & outside,
- opening to be created in the 2 rooms facing west.
# Work to be done on the existing house (4 rooms):
- break the wall between the 2 rooms on the left to create one long room which can be converted into a kitchen/living room,
- actual kitchen converted into a bedroom,
- replace and fix the roofing tiles with mortar, and eventually add decorative “under-tiles”,
- paint job (chaux),
- built-in furniture in the rooms.
# Work to be done on the path from the restaurant to the rooms: replace the concrete tiles with properly positionned laterite blocks.
# Convert the existing toilet into a bathroom block and create semi-open toilet (dry) block between the houses and the restaurant.
# Creation of the 6 additionnal bedrooms on top of the existing ones:
- demolition of the existing roof,
- construction of a concrete platform (columns and slab - laterite and wood??), rotated at a 45* angle from the existing block rectangle.
# Additional relaxing space in the trees (hamacs).
# Permanent yoga platform.
# On the opposite land, construction of 2 houses for one person (couple) plus bathroom (cf. specific document).
# Eventually, creating a second gate at the back, and a way to this entrance.