Apartment blocks, public housing
Taking a cue from the old city streets of Mathura city in India where this project is located, this 800 room students’ hostel creates organic spaces.
Designed in 4 level high, 5 linear blocks, the built spaces snake across a wedge shaped site twisting and turning along their length. Sitting adjacent to repetitive hostel blocks on the east and west these new hostels within a large university campus create individual spaces with a discernible identity in each part of the layout.
The orientation of all the buildings are done with a view of generating large north facing garden areas overlooking a vast playground towards the north. In addition, each hostel room is punctuated with a wedge shaped bay window oriented towards the north and the playground.
Each hostel room has ventilation openings in the internal corridor facilitating cross ventilation. The linear buildings create small break out spaces at each bending point allowing natural light into the internal circulation spaces.
These factors create an energy efficient building minimizing heat gain in response to the climate which has average temperature in excess of 300 c for 8 months of the year when the sun is in the Southern Hemisphere. Due to the ‘north-facing windows’ sunlight is facilitated inside the rooms throughout the year.
Two focal areas are created at the ends of the linear buildings to house cafeterias, games rooms and gymnasium opening into the north facing gardens and terraces. Each of the public spaces are large volumes with 20’ high ceilings.
The organic layout of the buildings characterizes each space within the site. Color accentuates different blocks and facilitates within. Each block is differently colored along with the internal face of the bay windows of the hostel in bright colors to create an identity.
Rain water harvesting and water recycling and usage of solar panels additionally make the project more energy efficient along with the orientation and facilitation of natural ventilation.
The Street is contextual to the climate and the orientation of the site, thus creating varied experiences and changing perceptions of space in each part of the 6 acre site.
Site Area: 6 acres
Built Up Area: 2,11,000 sq.ft.
Total No. Of Units:
- 5 Wings comprising of 800 Single Seater Hostel Rooms
- 2 Cafeterias/ Dining Halls with Kitchen
- 2 Games Rooms/ Gyms
- 2 Support Staff Dorm Rooms (25 people capacity)
- Density: 137.5/ acre
CityMATHURA, UTTAR PRADESH
Gross Floor Area (mq)20000
Design teamMR.SANJAY PURI, MS.ISHVEEN BHASIN , MR.ANKUSH MALDE
Main ContractorM.M. Builders
ConsultantsEpsilon Design; Padaria Consultants
Photo CreditsMR.DINESH MEHTA
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.