A Platform For Debate, Exchange And Dissemination

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The building intends to create an interactive community learning environment nestled within its cultural context with a keen focus on environmental sensitivity. The idea stems from an interest in developing inter- relationships in which students would participate in a non- hierarchical nature of exchange.

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The relationships between three sections -The Parasol, Concourse and the Platform have been structured into a three dimensional constellation that is informed by movement and varying levels of privacy of diverse programs.

Parasol- The top most section of the building houses the morning programs of the learning curriculum such as classrooms and studios. It also acts as a volumetric parasol roof for the lower floors creating a shaded environment below.

Concourse - The middle section of the building is a ‘Stilted Platform’ that allows for student activity. This zoneisa reminder of the traditional courtyard that anchors common public and community programs. It behaves as a concourse to the entire building as it filters and mediates the movement of people. Smaller courtyards work as three dimensional light wells which offer visual connectivity through the layers above and below. This ‘Universal zone’ is occupied by faculty, students, administrators and visitors enabling non programmed exchange.

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The Platform-The bottom most sectionbecomes a heavy base to a floating canopy. The base houses the afternoon programs of the learning curriculum such as workshops and Laboratories and is cladded with local Tandur stone which increases the ‘Time Lag’ for solar- heat gain. This solid platform is punctuated with voids that allow for hot air to dissipate.

The materials are stripped to their raw form, with the fair-faced concrete, local tandur stone, corten Steel and fly ash bricks ascribing a natural character to the building.

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Passive energy systems are incorporated into the design via courtyards that funnel winds through the building and enable cross-ventilation, thus regulating the diurnal temperatures; the volumetric parasol that provides thermal comfort below and measures to reduce active solar heat gain such as utilising North lights while blocking harsh solar radiation from the South. Overall, the design demonstrates a scale akin to a public building on the outside and the inside explores the didactic nature of space by creating a humane scale apt for an engaged student community.

Project Details

programme: Educational Institution- School of Planning and Architecture Location: Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Site Area: 7 Acres

Built-up area: 28,159.39 Sq m

Manisha Agarwal

Partner, MO-OF Architects, Mumbai Manisha Agarwal is an architect, urban designer, academician and is the founding partner of MO-OF Architects/Mobile Offices in Mumbai. Her areas of interest and concern are community housing, educational institutions, hospitality and environmental aspects of design. Her commendable work led her to winning the Excellence– Educational Award in WADE ASIA 2019.

*Winning Project: Excellence–Educational


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