Hitkarni University is laid across the southern perimeter of an irregular shaped 14000 sq.m. plot in Jabalpur city in India the design creates a large playground and landscaped space in the northern side.
In response to the hot arid climate of the region with temperatures in excess of 30 deg. Celsius for 8 months of the year whilst the sun is in the southern hemisphere, all the classrooms and other facilities are north oriented resulting in minimized heat gain and indirect northern light to the internal spaces.
The layout creates a large playground on the North side while keeping the built spaces on the south side of the site. This large academic institute is fragmented into a series of built spaces interspersed with sheltered landscaped open ones. Thus, many sheltered outdoor spaces are created allowing students to interact and engage with the outdoors.
A single curvilinear main spine traverses the length of the building with branches leading to the individual blocks of educational spaces.
Each room is completely cross ventilated with large openings on the northern side and high ventilators on the southern side. The circulation spaces too are cross ventilated. The infusion of landscaped courtyards within the layout facilitates wind tunnels thereby increasing the wind flow within the building.
The entire academic institute will be naturally ventilated throughout the year without any air – conditioning making the building energy efficient and reducing the carbon footprint. Natural light will permeate the internal spaces throughout the day minimizing the need of artificial lighting.
To be built in locally available brick predominantly along with concrete, the fragmentation of the built spaces and the interspersed gardens create a dynamic layout constantly changing perception of the spaces throughout the day and year.
Large open areas sheltered from the harsh climate allow students to experience a variety of interaction spaces.
Designed contextually taking cognizance of the climate, the institute simultaneously responds to the client’s brief of creating an economical building with a sustainable solution.
Site Area: 3.45 acres
Built Up Area: 37,512 sq.ft.
Total No. Of Units:
- 48 Regular Classrooms – Sixty Seater
- 8 Large Classrooms – Eighty Seater
- 6 Seminar Halls – Hundred and Fifty Seater
- Entrance Hall, 4 Dean Offices and 4 Departmental Offices
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 114 international architecture awards including 5 Chicago Athenaeum Awards, 9 WAF Awards, 14 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.