Sustainable Architecture Merges With Brutalist Style at This Girls’ Hostel Designed by A.J Architects in Bangalore

Sustainable Architecture Merges With Brutalist Style at This Girls’ Hostel Designed by A.J Architects in Bangalore

Conceptualized and designed by Arvind Jain of A.J Architects, this modern girl's hostel, in a densely populated, central business district of Bangalore is equipped with all essential amenities, security, and safety measures to provide comfortable living at an affordable price. The architecture firm has nicely merged sustainable architecture with brutalist style to give a distinctive look to the hostel- christened- “Blend with Nature”. Featuring an exposed wire-cut brick facade, the building can accommodate 135 girl students. It encompasses well ventilated 45 air-conditioned rooms with triple sharing, a recreational and socially engaging court, a recreational activity room, a gymnasium, well equipped digital library, and the dining area on the top floor. The design team has shared detailed information about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Have a look:

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Bangalore being an educational hub, the organization “JITO”, Bangalore envisaged a modern approach hostel, for the girl students, in the heart of the city, with all vital amenities, safety, and security measures. Further, they wanted a space that offers a comfortable living at a pocket-friendly price.  


A Socially Active and Eco-Friendly Space

The hostel was proposed as a linear solid built mass as the hostel is located in the compact central business district of Bangalore.


The firm planned for timeless, eco-friendly, and sustainable architecture with brutalist style to create a socially active and environmentally sustainable space for the students.


Spaces Designed To Boost Intercommunication Amongst Students 

The key factor in the design process was to enhance student interaction, within the indoor spaces, that percolates outward and interacts with the landscape around them. The contorting central atrium allows layering of multiple activities and boosts intercommunication amongst students. As the inhabitants hail from different parts of the country, a friendly and open environment in terms of built form was necessary to promote a healthy social bond amongst everyone. 


Central Atrium Acts As A Solar Chimney

The central atrium also allows natural light to penetrate deeper into the building and act as a solar chimney that takes away the stale and hot air within the building through stack effect, forming a wind cycle that keeps the place cooler in the daytime and warmer in the night. 

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The Inclusion of Greenery

The vertical artificial garden imitates the sense of being in the middle of nature, though surrounded by the concrete jungle.


The hand-painted artwork of 17’ x 8’ on the ground level of the courtyard adds to the galore of space.


Overall the contorting shape of the courtyard becomes the prima facie conversation starter.

Well-Secured and Monitored Complex

The entire complex is well secured and monitored round the clock for the safety of girl students.


It has well ventilated 45 air-conditioned rooms with triple sharing, accommodating 135 girl students. The well-being of the inmates is well planned with a recreational and socially engaging court, a gymnasium, a recreational activity room, well equipped digital library, and a dining area on the top floor.


The grand entrance lobby accommodates the admin section and meeting rooms for parents and students. Beyond the entrance, lobby access is restricted with biometric access control. Ample parking space is available in the basement.

Sustainability at the Forefront

Sustainable parameters were on top of the design solution, the design team planned for exposed wire cut brick exposed concrete façade.


The laying of the bricks is done in rat-trap bonds to allow air gap in bricks, which insulates the inside thermally and acoustically. This form of bond also reduces the use of material by 33%.


A play of light and shadow is formed in the concave elements planned on the parts of the façade. All sustainable parameters like rainwater harvesting, solar energy, Water treatment (STP works on the ecology and consumes zero power or energy in its lifetime), etc. have been incorporated.

Project Details

Project Name: Blend with Nature – Hostel
Studio Name: A.J Architects
Principal Architect: Arvind Jain
Info and photo courtesy: A.J Architects
Completion Year: 2021

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