Program: To provide a private school for a 125 Acre Township consisting of 36 classrooms & ancillary spaces.
Site characteristics & constraints: This site is located at a crossroad facing a 500-acre nature park towards the north, in a corner of a 125-acre township in Delhi, India. The obvious layout would have been with the garden fronting the school & the crossroads from where the school would be perceived in, entirety. However, the crossroads being on the southern side on a site in a climate which has temperatures of 35° c average, through 8 months of the year would have rendered the garden non-usable through most of the year. This necessitated building along the crossroads, thus generating the open space on the northern side where it will be usable throughout the year. The traditional courtyard in Indian Architecture gives protection from extreme weather conditions. It is also designed to get indirect daylight and reduce heat gain and increase cross ventilation. This traditional courtyard design was integrated in the design. Further taking a cue from the old city streets in Delhi which have an organic nature, the entire circulation space within the school is created in an organic manner with a landscaped court traversing through the length of the school in the east west direction facilitating the prevalent SW breeze to ventilate it naturally.
Zoning constraints: A minimum of 6 M setback from all sides of the plot is mandatory for the built area. There is no other constraint.
Design description: Located at the crossroads facing a nature park towards the north, the school is designed in response to the climate of its location in Delhi. The entire main road frontage is designed with the ancillary spaces of the school sheathed by large screen walls since these are the southern sides.
A diagonal east west landscaped linear court traverses the length of the school acting as a buffer between the north facing classrooms and the south facing ancillary spaces. Exposed brick walls from the southern side are juxtaposed with the concrete walls mixed with brick powder on the Northern side. The classrooms step back at each level creating north facing terraces overlooking a large garden space within the plot and the 500-acre nature park beyond. The east west landscaped court while becoming a focal gathering place within the school facilitates natural cross ventilation to all the classrooms and the other school facilities. The design is responsive to the climate and the orientation of the site and its surroundings creating an environment conducive to learning, while being sculptural in the way it is perceived externally and internally in its organic layout.
Construction system: Fair faced concrete with red bricks availed in the region.
Winning the LEAF World Future Building of 2015, being the overall winner of MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects 2014 at Cannes, France and winning 3 A + Architizer Awards in New York in 2014, Sanjay Puri Architects have now won 74 international architecture awards.
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design’s International Architecture Awards in 2014, 2012 & 2011. The World Architecture Festival Awards in 2015, 2014,2012, 2011 & 2010, 9 World Architecture Community Awards U.K and the Hospitality Design Awards New York 2015,2012 & 2010 are some of the other awards won by the firm in last 3 years. With 74 international awards and 72 national awards, the firm has architectural projects in Spain, Montenegro, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Montreal and Dallas in addition to projects in 40 Indian cities.