The school is located along the main arterial road to allow access to people from neighbouring area.
Planned on a gently sloping site in Rajasthan, India; this school building is designed in response to the climate of its location. The average temperature through the extended summers is over 45 ºC and the temperature cools only for 3 months from December to February.
Classrooms, facilities and administrative areas are organically arranged along the existing contours to minimize land cutting with indoor ‘streets’ linking them.
This organic character is imbibed from the layouts of nearby villages to the site. The site is not located in a city and surrounded by only low rise development in a predominantly rural area. This also necessitated that the planning be done in low rise structure in keeping with the neighborhood.
Each part of the school is oriented towards the north opening into large sheltered semi enclosed transitional spaces. This is a very important aspect for reducing heat gain. The sun is always in the southern hemisphere in the location of this site.
The southern side is completely devoid of openings with corridors that are naturally ventilated through traditional screen walls with openings facing the east and the west. These traditional screens are imbibed from the architectural heritage of the location where yet century old buildings exist with stone screens that create shade and increase the air flow, cooling the air as it passes through.
Each of the educational levels is created as an individual entity with its own closed, semi enclosed and open spaces with the open spaces being linked throughout the school. The open spaces also serve as playing areas just beyond each classroom in addition to the large playground and sports facilities provided.
The school design imbibes the traditional courtyard planning reminiscent of ancient Indian architecture to provide cooler spaces internally. The organic sifting of individual blocks too is desired from the traditional architecture of the region. Designed in response to the hot desert climate, the spaces within desire north light, are naturally cross ventilated and built in local materials along existing land levels to create a sustainable built environment.
Local sandstone is proposed for the walls along with an exposed concrete structural frame with both materials being available on the site itself.
Sanjay Puri , the Principal Architect of Sanjay Puri Architects, India has been a speaker and a judge at numerous international architecture events including the LEAF & WAF.
His firm founded in 1992, has won 100 international architecture awards including 4 Chicago Athenaeum Awards, 8 WAF Awards, 12 World Architecture Community U.K Awards, the LEAF , 5 Architizer Awards, 3 Hospitality Design Awards, 14 MIPIM Awards and several more.
His firm has successfully completed over 600 projects totaling over 60 million square feet.
Sanjay Puri and his firm of 72 architects now, continue their quest for creating sustainable design, charting new territories of spatial perception simultaneously imbibing the intrinsic values of Indian heritage & culture within their design solutions.