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Nokha Village School, reviving a traditional way of building

Sanjay Puri Architects

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Sanjay Puri Architects

Designed at the border of two small villages in Rajasthan, India, this school is being constructed to empower the village girls & encourage them to be educated. Currently there is no education available in the vicinity of these villages and this project is being spearheaded by a charitable organization to improve the lives of the girls who are residents of the area. The classrooms and educational facilities are designed skirting the perimeter of the site to create an open play space within the small plot. The central focal courtyard gradually steps up to the north east corner along the existing contours with a cafeteria located at this end. From this north east point children can climb up onto the roof top. The accessible roof top will facilitate interaction & community activities. The entire school is proposed to be constructed in adobe bricks and traditional lime plaster, available in abundance in the region of the school’s location. This school will be constructed by the village craftsmen reviving a traditional way of building. A series of punctured walls facilitate natural cross ventilation throughout the school & simultaneously reduce heat gain in response to the desert climate of Rajasthan. This building will not be air conditioned and has to be designed to rely on natural ventilation. Imbibing Indian traditional courtyard planning principles & designing the levels based upon the natural contours of the site, this school is contextually designed. It responds to the site, the desert climate & to the social behavior of the village & residents generating the maximum open space possible within in varying levels allowing the spaces to be used in multiple ways. The Nokha Village School is a social initiative to improve lives, provide education in rural areas, revive tradition craft whilst being rooted contextually & being climatically responsive. A series of punctured walls facilitate natural cross ventilation throughout the school & simultaneously reduce heat gain in response to the desert climate of Rajasthan. This building will not be air conditioned and has to be designed to rely on natural ventilation. Imbibing Indian traditional courtyard planning principles & designing the levels based upon the natural contours of the site, this school is contextually designed. It responds to the site, the desert climate & to the social behavior of the village & residents generating the maximum open space possible within in varying levels allowing the spaces to be used in multiple ways. The Nokha Village School is a social initiative to improve lives, provide education in rural areas, revive tradition craft whilst being rooted contextually & being climatically responsive.

Credits

 NOKHA , RAJASTHAN
 Mr Shankar Kularia
 12/2024
 6160
 1297419
 MR.SANJAY PURI
 Sanjay Puri, Pooja Sampat
 YET TO BE FINALISED
 YET TO BE FINALISED
 YET TO BE FINALISED
 SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS

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Sanjay Puri Architects are listed in the top 100 architects worldwide by Archdaily. Architizer, New York includes Sanjay Puri Architects in their list of the top 136 design firms worldwide. The firm tops the list of WA Community , UK award winners across the world.
Winning the LEAF Awards London Best Interior Architecture 2021, the World Architecture Festival’s Best Housing Project of the Year 2018 in Amsterdam and the World’s Best Residential building in the LEAF Awards, London 2017, the firm has won over 300 awards including 200 international awards and over 100 National awards.
The firm founded in 1992 has won architectural projects in Australia , Spain, Montenegro, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman and Dallas in addition to projects in 40 Indian cities.

With a firm strength of 72, evolving design solutions that are contextual and creating spaces that revolutionize the way they are experienced form the essence of the firms design philosophy.

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