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Design architecture committee, an initiative by the students of the Academy of architecture to provide support for those who want to participate in various projects , competitions, and workshops and explore the field of architecture. Architecture competitions not only give you the opportunity to step out of your day-to-day routine and test new concepts and ideas but also give an opportunity to add to your portfolio and show your skills that you have been unable to showcase. The competitions cover each subject from the academic curriculum through their briefs. These also provide the students to think and execute according to their perspective, which would help them in the real world. The process of competition moulds one and indirectly inculcate work ethics and team spirit into individuals. Our main objective is to encourage more participation and support the students taking part in the competitions. The internet is always flooded with large number of competitions and DAC always tries to hand pick the better options for exploration. OUR BOOK HENCE SHOWCASES THE WORK DONE BY THE STUDENTS OF ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE THROUGH THE YEAR 2020-21 SUCCESSFULLY AND SATISFACTORILY.





RE-ESTABLISH ASSAM DETENTION CENTRE Goalpara Detention Centre, located in Mathia, Assam is India’s first and largest detention center. It plans to include a school, recreational area and hospital and 15 stories housing 3000 people. Two boundary walls painted in red colour encircle the camp; the outer wall 20 feet tall and inner 6 feet tall, seperated by 5 metres. It is here that we propose to contrive our idea of a tiny library. An intervention which makes optimum use of the bare, untentated space between the two compound walls, rendering accessibilty from either side of the wall to the two different worlds. The aim is manifold; to provide learning facilities which augment awareness, exposure and productivity for the immigrants cut off from the outside world; to encourage interaction and stimulate activities amongst themselves to boost community development; to serve as an interface of lasting hope for the people on one side by getting them in contact with the people on the other Avani Mandpe Wipra Gada Atharva Rotkar 10


THE ISTHMUS The Soul of India is embedded in its rural communities and their age long traditions. These are the thinking tanks from where knowledge emerges from. Two of these are villages named BANGAR & SYUNSI located in Uttarakhand that reside in the Himalayan range. Like every other village in the country these are too victims of Rural Migration where the youth aspires to be a part of the urban fabric. There is a lack of employment and infrastructure which provokes the aspiring youth to migrate. The aim of the Library sitting on the bridge is to promote learning and interaction across these 2 villages through various media and also provide a formal centre and forum for tourists visiting these villages. The idea of the Library is to bridge the distances between the urban fabric and rural settlements by means of knowledge. The entire bridge turns into a lively busy street filled with spaces that host a learning environment. This design is thus an enabler of urban level infrastructure in these Himalayan Villages. 12

Priyal Vasaiwala Divya Nishar Heet Shah


TRAVERSING “Mohammad Iqbal, a resident of Arai village in border district Poonch’s Mandi tehsil lost his six year old daughter in an unfortunate incident last year.” So goes the story of Iqbal and many more inhabitant’s kids who are unable to cross the river to get to school everyday. A single bridge that spans between could change so much in the village and the school lives of these children. Drawing inspiration from this senario the library is designed in such a way that it becomes an intervention on the bridge. Pedestrians can interact with this intervention and engage themselves in the process of acquiring knowledge.

Ruchira Rathod Ojasvi Chauthaiwale


The library hangs below the bridge where in people moving in both the directions can experience the space in a unique manner. Thus, studens will not merely use the bridge as a means of transport but as a mode of interactive learning. While crossing the bridge, the set up is such that it engages the user without disturbing their movement.














UNLID GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK was represented as the tea set. The drawing shows the lid of the structure open and shows the internal ramp of the structure and circulation too. The drawing plays with the scale of the structure. The humans are presented like ingredients of the recipe.It also views the form of the structure with different perspective and represents it as crockery.

Yash Umekar Shrideep Kshirsagar






FASHION MAKEOVER “Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world”. Coherent to Diana Vreeland’s famous words, we believe that fashion is a megaphone for articulation and a quick route to escapism. It connects and marks time, creating an illusion of permanancy. Quite palpably, it represents life! Fashion is a way of syncing the internal with the external and this approach is evident in the design in order to provide for live cultural exchange of people from all over the world. Fashion Makeovers are a time bound need and want in order to revitalise and redefine the identity of a person, a cult or even the society. In our design, we help augment the intangible aspect of the word “makeover” by rendering it’s literal meaning to architecture. Hence, the aim is to use dynamic and re-fashionable spatial arrangements which disarray only to stimulate an array of thoughts for young and aspiring designers, thus amplifying the purpose of fashion for them. 22

Wipra Gada Avani Mandpe





THE TUBE In the heart of Mumbai at Worli, with crowded roads and choas this Pavilion not only provides easy accessible medical attention but also promotes overall health. Overlooking the Mahalaxmi racecourse, the site can easily be accessed by the rural as well as urban population through the saat rasta and the Mahalaxmi railway station adjacent to it. It would cater to visitors present at the various recreational areas in the neighbouring context. The concept to create it like a pavilion was to accentuate all these spaces around the site as a response. As a pavillion in a green space, the clinic is just one of the activities present there, so one visiting it would be like spending time there while enjoying the various experiences, without feeling the stressful environment of medical facilities. It is like a breather space. Priyal Parekh Simran Gupta Vanshika Arora 26

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The title is a wordplay of three words- covid, the disease; vident, something that is clearly visible; and entropy, gradual decline into disorder. And a change for the same is inevitable. The performing arts sector further faces the threat of succumbing to the psychological fear of public gatherings, which would persist even post the pandemic. The harrowing reach of Covid-19 has prompted a surge in urban thinking and we believe that form has always followed fear of infection, as much as function. To build a more egalitarian society, it is essential to diffuse the networks of public and private spaces in a manner such that the function of both becomes symbiotic. Architects must help people look at public spaces as their own home and less like someone else’s space so that they’re more vested in keeping it hygienic and find more acceptance in socialising at places which are a part of their regular lifestyle. The aim is to get the performers to the people more often than vice-versa. This is expressed in the conceptual graphic wherein individual bubbles are reaching out to the public realms and their networks assist in the revival of the physical connection between performing arts and people.

Avani Mandpe Wipra Gada


A new age performance where disease shall take the backseat In the 3D graphic, this is evident as we see people looking down from individual balconies facing inwards, at the multipurpose spaces engulfed between housing complexes, while in other cases, the performers are given access to separate balconies on lower levels, where they can be visible to the crowd assembled below. The central space accommodates shops and other essential facilities within the residential enclave, transforming it into a vibrant mixeduse neighbourhood; more protean to the audience as well as performers. It is designed to be spaced out with levels just as an amphitheatre, as an attempt to sustain the essence of original places of performing arts. The graphic also illustrates new age concepts such as hologram performers, bring-your-own-seat auditoriums, drive-in open screenings; solutions that would enable people to gather in public places adhering to the norms of social distancing. Cultural parks on the outskirts of cities provide for a vision towards designing open spaces that enable and encourage people to spread out. A shift in thinking is crucial for any city of tomorrow. And inarguably, art will always remain the antibody that’ll push away the entropy caused by any virus.





MERGING LANDSCAPES Merging landscapes’ envisions a sustainable rehabilitation of Theatre Populaire Idea(l) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The development of the amphitheater acts as an urban catalyst which provides spaces to facilitate art forms of the region, a common place for community gatherings, for women to share their everyday life and to organise festivals. Centrally designed around the idea of ‘courts within courts’, which reinterprets the vernacular of Africa and the blocks are planned around the existing trees on site. The site acts as backdrop for the amphitheater where you gradually choreograph towards the amphitheater, which merges with the landscape blurring the boundaries of a rigid space. It balances the traditional approaches mimicking the vernacular African village settlement patterns with global methodologies pushing the extents of local construction and community participation as a part of the entire process. Sushant Nikharge Aum Gohil Serah Yatin 34





ELYSIAN KOALA CENTRE The Design revolves around the concept of Voids in Architecture. Lao Tzu in his poem “Un-built Ideas Spaces” talks about how the Central Hole in the wagon makes it move when the Wheel is made by joining the Spokes together. This shows how important voids are in functioning of an object and same goes for spaces too. The voids stitch together Architectural spaces and makes them functional and aesthetic. In Architecture Un-built spaces are as important as the Built is. The Design also talks about the concept of Truth that describes Openness in the Spaces. It defines transparency, physically and visually throughout the structure. Non-Violence results in being in harmony with the nature. This focuses on minimizing the impact of built on environment. Learning by experience is counted as one of the most effective way of grasping things. The design aims towards educating people by Interaction with the build and un-built. 38

Ridhima Mahadik Muskan Ranwaka Manasi Thukrul

With the increase in economy and growth, we humans have forgotten to preserve our natural habitat. Due to the increase in temperature, there has been a very negative effect on the eco-system that is leading to forest fires across the globe. This has cause into extinction of various animals and bird species. One of them is Koalas. It’s important for humans to understand this impact on environment and start working towards a better future. To make people understand the importance of Koalas and their habitat, we have designed a way to explain them the required through Architecture (built and un-built). These installations explain the way Koalas live by making people experience the same.





ATHAANG Home is where the heart is- is a general statement perceived be different individuals uniquely. For most of the south Indian residents, the notion of a home takes them back to their ancestral houses. Walking barefoot on cool oxide floorings, brushing hands with the ornate pillars, relaxing in the courtyards sums up the idea of a warm homely place. Mild tone shades, nature and natural elements dominate the south Indian style houses provided with rawness and tactility thus creating experience. Keeping in mind these traditional characteristics, the interiors are thus designed giving it a modern touch based on the upcoming trends and clients wishlist. One of the features of such houses also include the heavy usage of timber right from the doors to the pillars. The tradition had continued over centuries. However, recent environmental calls to protect trees and timber have made the people eco conscious and now they seek other options. Bamboo has gotten a lot of attention for being an incredibly green, eco-friendly building material. This is because bamboo grass stalks 42

can grow very rapidly and is recyclable and biodegradable. The concept lies in using bamboo as a key ingredient instead of wood thus creating a positive change in the tradition thereby giving it a similar raw look as wood. The project might prove to be a starting point for an ecological change leading to more people looking up to it . The site is located in Velupadam, Kerala in southern part of India. Lying in the vicinity of Bamboo plantations of Kerala forest research institute(KFRI) where wide varieties of bamboo are cultivated every year for sale, would tick off the points of transportation and availability.

Anushka Satpalkar Diksha Lalwani Shrideep Kshirsagar





THE DEIFORMIC LACUNA CONCEPT Sai Baba had no needs and desires of anything material and was against ownership of the same. He did not differentiate between cast, creed and religion and neither did he attach a label of any of these to himself. The void in the design under which the idol sits, is a representative of Sai Baba’s detachment from the idea of following a particular religion and shows that he didn’t belong to one. He sits in a neutral unbounded zone that seamlessly connects upto the sky. The void provides a view of the waterfall behind the idol establishing a connect between nature and the devotee. FORM Sai Baba lived a very simple life with only what was essential to survive. Keeping this simplicity intact the temple has been stripped down to the basic form of a Shikhara rising from a homogenous surface, that undulates to house various spaces of a typical Nagara Style temple. Since this design is a modern take on religious architecture a 46

parametric form has been chosen. The extensive ornamentation in the form of repititive carvings on the traditional Nagara Style temple have been broken down into a simpler grid of members that add depth to the space underneath.

Priyal Vasaiwala Jeel Patel Pranav Chaubal


SMRITI Smriti is a proposed Sai baba temple located at Mendha Lekha, North-east of Maharashtra. The site is rich in natural landscape and the villagers are proud owners of vast fields of Bamboo plantations. After a long battle, in 2009, Mendha became one of the first villages in India who received the rights and responsibilities to use, manage and conserve their 1800 ha of forests. This temple is a medium to popularize their movement and thus help the community. Use of bamboo as the prime material not only benefits the villagers monetarily but immensely reduces the carbon footprint of the temple. Moreover, since it is locally found, the project costs dips. Bamboo is also lighter, more durable and versatile than several modern construction materials. According to Vastupurushamandala, its believed to be pious to design a temple on the base of a square grid, wherein every individual square is called ‘Pada’. In the past, devotees from all communities and walks of life united under the umbrella of morales and teachings of Sai Baba and believed him to be the ultimate solution for all their grievances. The temple aims to recreate these positive vibrations by designing five Sai Padas. 48

Mansi Parmar Saumya Baheti


AGNEYA Agneya is located in the lush green polo forest which is also the home to the Bhil tribe. Having such a structure near their community gives the tribe a chance to improve and develop . The site also has ancient Jain temples which were destroyed by the Mughal kings. The Jain temple are a symbol that the site is auspicious. Being located in the forest gives the design the advantage of using the natural resources For the elevation the important features of nagara style of temple architecture were kept in mind. To derive the form inspiration has be taking first from ‘dhuni’ the sacred fire that sai baba prepared, it remains intact as it is and second from neem tree leaves. Neem tree leaves because it was under the neem tree that Sai baba resided for many years and it was from there that he parted education. The main elements that are the shikhara, garbhagriha and the mandapa are prominently identified in the form. The shikhara is the tallest entity followed by the rest. The meditation hall on the first floor has been placed in such a way that it gives one the full view of the mandapa. The massing is done keeping in mind the natural light and ventilation. 50

The elevation has the massive projection on all four sites of the temple which not only add to the aesthetic element of the design but also function has rain water harvesting units. The bring water to the interior spaces and this water is circulated in the interior spaces in form of various elements like water curtains and water falls. These water elements are responsible in passive cooling of the structure.

Ridhima Mahadik Shivani Pisat Ritika Redkar





ABHIYOJITA The Sunderbans constantly test the limits of its inhabitants, from rising flood levels to lethal wildlife, only the ones with the will to adapt survive this ever-changing terrain. The people have a deep connection with their surroundings which rests upon the base of mutual respect. The master plan was designed with consideration to the familiarity of separate units in a bhite-bari. A collaboration of modern techniques with indigenous bamboo is used to create a sustainable yet resilient design. There has been a conscious effort to circumvent the use of glass with bamboo details.

Anushri Shetty Niharika Shah






ON THE RUN The grid urban planning by Le Corbusier has influenced that of booming cities and towns surrounding it. Panchkula is a rapidly developing settlement located in the south-east of Chandigarh and attempts superficial replication of the grid. The site is located on the border of Panchakula and Chandigarh and comfortably accomodates the 100 sqm insert. A delivery person goes from door-to-door, selling, receiving and mediating parcels from one end to another. We believe, introducing an almost contact free space is a step towards community hygiene.

Saumya Baheti Mohit Harsangam



MIRHAD- The Yemeni Refuge Once coined as Arabia Felix, or “The Happy Land”, Yemen now faces the worst humanitarian crisis. The arrival of COVID-19 in the country layers a new emergency on top of an emergency, deteriorating an already dire situation.

If Yemen was 100 people, 76 would need humanitarian aid, 57 would have no access to clean water, 60 would be food insecure, 53 would be bereft of health services, almost 15 would have fled and atleast 12 would remain internally displaced.

The Mishqafah camp in southern Yemen houses roughly 2,500 refugees, all internally displaced. The people here reside in rudimentary shelters where the sanitation is despairingly bad, encompassing a mere few latrines.

For THIS Yemen of 100 people, we dedicate our 100 square metres.

Our “Mirhad”, an Arabic term for restroom, particularly aims to recondition a space that exists in the midst of their worst horrors, to serve as a reminder of their lost homes. The design thus incorporates tangible elements inspired from various aspects of yemen, in an intangible attempt to keep the uprooted of the country still rooted to it, in some way.


Heet Shah Avani Mandpe Priyanshi Vora


SAU CHA AALAYA Being responsible designers, an aim of changing the psychology of people towards sanitation is something much more a concern than mere provision of a 4 walled fancy toilet building. It needs to go into the conscious of tribal population, that toilet is an inevitable part of life, and it can also be celebrated as kitchens, courtyards and village streets. The design aims to explore the geometric form of a toilet cubicle and exagerate it to a level where a experientaly rich spaces are created through interaction of Nature and Architecture, not ignoring the services and cost efectiveness. Place making by the locals connects the users to their building, right from construction stage. Lower part of the design is constructed by tribals themselves and Governmet support is extended for the steel roof. This ensures a healthy socio-economic model, which would be acceptabe and sustainable. The experience centric design aims at developing awareness, regarding the power of design and how can it improve lives !! 62

Devansh Maru





THE HALVES The halves, an upright freestanding seating, typically made of teakwood, glass and solar panels, aims to provide a multifunctional seating that acts as a common hub during day as well as night time, and works to encourage social interaction. Plotted in the centre of an urban natural setting, it involves the inherent human reaction to one’s natural environment and is a balance of function and simplicity. By night time, the seat lighting helps to provide a well lit area for one to sit. The solar energy trapped by the panels is passively utilised for the lighting and the charging points which are incorporated into the seating itself.






LAND OF WHAT REMAINS Fear is an omnipresent reflex , a variable responsible for survival. Since the dawn of evolution, fear has driven humans till the 21 st century, only to become “superspecies” of the known universe yet ignorant of a sustainable future. We propose a park where fear is the prompt & hope is the way. It is a dystopicaddressal to the impact of contemporary lifestyle, attempting to synthesize custom fear in order to incept concern regarding global warming on an individual and urban level. The idea is of urban installation of the park, weaving through the city and pluging into existing networks of leisure, play and social life. With glimpses of the aftermath of the global warming,interventions that allow visitors to shape different futures like a volcano that erupts trash only to be restored and recycled by the users, drones amalgamating the dystopic future through hologram projections, a playgrid that powers the the park by generating piezoelectricity and isconstructed using recycled waste from the neighbourhood. If fear is about trying to survive something, hope is about knowing why you want to. The different spaces in the park guide you to a 70

Central pavillion, a beacon of hope which generates optimism amidst the chaos. It shows the people a glimpse of their own selves in a world adored by nature, where the city is healing itself. The experience promotes radical changes in their mindset and creates awareness so that everyone develops a sense of responsibility towards their planet and becomes a part of the societal trend to preserve the environment

Khushi Patel Manan Seth Riya Godambe

1.A Overall View. 2.A Plan. 2.B Plan Of Playgrid. 2.C Element Of Playgrid. 3.A Volcano Of Trash. 4.A Internal Pavillion. 4.B External Pavillion. 4.C Section.





BIVOUACKING THROUGH THE LAYERS Bivouacking through the Layers, is an idea that emerged as an extension to the layered volumetric and spatial essence of The Wave. The continuous free flowing spaces at various levels is a minimalistic abstract version of the Wave. The camp house is a permeable space, blurring the lines of inside and outside and creating a dialogue between the two, extenuating the experience and providing a sense of calm. The monochrome exterior blends within the Wave without disturbing the surroundings and also becomes an indentity point due to its changing visual experiencescontinuously changing visual experiences

Aastha Sinha Ishant Arora Zeel Desai 74

The camp house is a self supporting and lightweight intervention which adds to the visual quality of the landscape without disturbing its integrity.The curved modules are an abstraction of the wave, overlaying the modules forms spaces In between for various activities





THE TRANSCENDING CAY For an artist is their art, for an entertainer is their performance, for a scholar is their maths, for a poet are their poems!. Sacred is something that evokes a strong sense of Dedication, a sense of spirituality and a sense of belonging. In today’s era, when people are identifying themselves regardless of religion, what becomes their identity is the work they do, it is the way they express themselves as an individual. This is what we identify as, The new sacred: Self Expression. A sacred space in any society acts as a mode of invigorating mankind and reinforcing their beliefs towards the supreme power. Our sacred space is designed to take the users on a journey that would help them to recharge their minds, explore experiences and reinforce their belief in themselves. Harsh Tank Krishna Khurusane Sharvil More 78

The space arranged with clues from sacred geometries takes the users on an articulated journey wherein varied experiences are calculated through five major elements of nature viz wind, water, light, earth and forest.

The scattered chambers are distinctly designed to create distinctive experiences while connecting with water, earth, forest and light respectively. It is then up to the user to use the space the way they feel there, one can contemplate, meditate, dance, sing, write, read or do anything the sacred experience evokes them to do, for the space embodies freedom, exploration and expression, the new sacred!


OASIS Humans have connection with the earth right from the beginning, before they divided themselves into separate religions. They possess an unsaid attachment with the natural surroundings hence having a spiritual relationship with nature. Humans are a continuity of this creation and when they connect with this, they experience this living spirit not just in one way but mutually. We feel awe, respect, peace and harmony because we touch into the Divine. We have a tendency to have a religious connect with the nature and the universe, thus making it sacred. Today people grow up without any real connection with the Earth. Urbanization, poverty, oppression and differences among themselves have alienated people from the earth and its creation. The Oasis in this urban chaotic world aims to bring the human community together thus keeping their differences aside and allowing them to have an unbiased communion with the earth. It would act as a medium for the people to observe their personal faith yet coming together as a holistic human community. The Oasis is divided into 80

three parts- prayer hall sunken inside the earth, library and learning spaces on the earth and congregation space located high above. The user is led by a stream to the prayer hall through an enclosed pathway. Light is a universal symbol of spiritual divine. Along with a huge central space, smaller circular spaces attached caters to observe personal faith, thus giving an individualistic as well collective experience. Groves has been considered sacred since ancient times. Learning spaces and library woven in these groves provides ‘learning with nature’ experience.Through an enclosed ramp one reaches the congregation space perched on the cliff. Opening up the user from a dark walkway to a large volume with a visually infinite pool evokes a sense of timelessness, personal sense of being and connecting one to the higher.

Anushka Satpalkar Shrideep Kshirsagar Diksha Lalwani





BREA-KATTA BREAK. JOIN. PLAY. Mumbai is in all ways a mega-city, a compact mix of traditional and modern. This waterfront city boasts a vibrant and cosmopolitan identity. It’s a city of extremes, of the rich of richest and the poor of the poorest. Although a place where all these boundaries get blurred are ‘kattas’ which are traditional stone seating seen everywhere around the city where everyone regardless of where they come from sit alike.

permanent canopy and continuous electric supply and in-built light powered by the solar panels that top the canopy creates a self-sufficient environment within the user bubble thus giving them no reason to wander into others’ personal space.

‘Katta’ refers to a raised place along the side of the road, to help travelers rest their burdens; a raised mass for a seat. Brea-Katta, an intervention in the urban fabric of city Mumbai, becomes a similar respite. Dşabling its users Distant Socializing, it provides an avenue for an interactive pause in busy city life. The division of the space between two more users ensures no hindrance to their personal space. Additional facilities like continuous protection against the sun and the rain through a light weight 84

Naomi Advani Chaitanyaa Agrawal Prerna Suryavanshi

The design assists to create a personal bubble around each and every user while they are in an unhampered visual contact with every user within the module. This allows them to decide whether to interact or connect with the other users or disconnect and enjoy their time in their own bubble.





CHAITANYA A school is a place where an individual grows, the design aspires to facilitate this growth that happens in multiple dimensions via creating spaces of diverse architectural experiences weaved together to create an edifice that catalyses growth and learning by enabling interaction with fellow humans, spaces, nature and self at different levels. When schools in the country are either too raw or too concrete, ‘Chaitanya aims to inspire through a strong architectural language that seamlessly integrates nature, adding a factor of play, to whole somely create an inviting, dynamic and rousing space that the students would enshrine. The building is divided into three main zones, viz The Public zone - ‘The Arcade’; The Students zone as, a. The Classroom zone - The Vaults’, b. The Activity zone - ‘The Alcove The form, exclusive for the classroom spaces, seeks inspiration from the local ancient architecture of Bihar, a modification of the semicircular vault seen in the Barabar caves around Gaya, the offgrid form of the vault intends to move the minds of the students whilst comfortably enclosing them into a space of their own 88

Krishna Khurusanee Sharvil More

1 ARCADE the public zone of the structure, the arcade houses multiple func tions including the admin r ooms, staff rooms, av rooms, labs, a multi-purpose hall and the dining space, this universal zone is occupied by teachers, students, administrators and visitors enabling ex change and is archi tecturally character ised by arches, brick walls, stepped con crete slabs and court yards.


2 VAULTS The classrooms are characterized by the vaults, the verandahs and permeable walls catering interaction with nature and fellow schoolmates. The first wall of every class room is meant to be completed by the stu dents through work shops, adding colour and identity to their classrooms. Each classroom thus high lights versatility of the students.


3 ALCOVE The Alcove is a seclud ed space separated by an experiential corri dor, that holds the Li brary, Amphitheatre, The expression wall and other activity space and acts as an independent, free space enabling the students to unleash the energy within and express and partici pate with full vigour.


GREEN SPROUTS The site (provided in the brief) is located near phulwari sharif, patna, bihar. The design and planning of the built and unbuilt spaces of the school were developed around the concept of agriculture and gardening practices being an important part of education. Workshops and seminars teaching new agricultural and gardening practices would benefit both the students in their future as well as the local community in the present. Keeping in mind the current situation of the schools, where they are majorly focusing on book-based theoretical learning, whereas the ultimate motive of education is to make the student self-reliant and embrace the power of experiential learning. There is a missing link in the alignment between the learning environments and student’s self-learning abilities. Krissh chavan Harshvardhan shirpurkar


The site was organized following the grid system, each one measuring 30M by 45M and having pathways at its periphery for circulation on the ground. The central zone of the site comprises all the large gathering spaces for group functions. The site is then connected together by a pathway that binds together all the spaces and zones. The path trajectory is modulated in such a way that one can have access to both the ground and the roofs of different structures. It converges and diverges smoothly to form different elements in itself at some, and at others acts as a backdrop.


SCHOOL OF DUAL VAULTS The name dual vault refers to the dual nature of vaults exhibited in the school. The current scenario seen in the government school is that the stu dents don’t feel like going to the school or the parents don’t send their children because of the atmosphere created by the poor infrastructure of the schools. So the main intention here is to create spaces in such a way thatthe student would want to go to school everyday. According to the site context the majori ty of students will be living in comapct homes or buildings. So to create an in teresting space firstly this notion of compact rooms has to be broken. This is achieved by fragmenting all the spaces in order to create a series of open spaces .The orientation of the structure is in the east west direction to take in the maximum amount of wind which keeps all the spaces cool as well as lit.The informal spaces are induced among the formal spaces to provide a playful en vironment as well as a focused environment.So in conclusion the design pro posal which spreads over an area of 6500 sqm aims to provide a focused as well as a playful environment for the child to nurture his/her growth and de velopment. 94

Pooja Tambe Vardhan Arora


UNDULATING ENVELOPE The aim is to make - environmental and self awareness, an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the school, which should include the students, teachers, non-teaching staff and parents, as well as the local businesses. In order to build a structure that would develop a sense of feeling of liberation and flow( refraining one a sense of from having rigidity and obstructions) and usage of locally available materials ( mud bricks, ) , led into the development of a shell like structure with free flowing vaults and arches. These nautilus shells are placed in such a way that semi open transitional spaces are formed be tween them which further lead to the centrally located courtyard with an am phitheatre which ties the entire built form. The design aims to create a struc ture where the roof merges with the ground seamlessly further promoting the idea that how the built form merges with the landscape to form one ecosys tem. The design makes use of shells ,tunnels ,mounds which amalgamate with the undulating landscape to create a playful character and inspire the creative minds. 96

Ameya Thanawala Dhruvanshi Sanghavi


THE SEAMLESS LEVELS Courtyards as architectural elements establish a seamless connection between the interiors and the exteriors. The basic concept of the design is to integrate the indoors and outdoors with the courtyard being an ideal element to implement the concept. Owing to the climatic conditions of Patna there was a need to facilitate maximum wind flow which was achieved by housing courtyards at multiple levels. Then developing various functions along the courtyard came into play with the courtyard becoming a central semi-open interactive zone for the functions, and the functions remain individual private entities and the Courtyard is their zone to seamlessly interact with the other functions as well as the outdoors. To make this interaction more active,the functions evolved along a hexagonal periphery,so that there is a larger visual connection maintained.

Palak Bhattad Puneet Maru


The building is segregat ed into private semipri vate and public spaces through levels. The design is a composition of four hexagons on the ground floor and then leveled hexagons rising half the height at each consequent level start ing from the last one.


THE ADOBE The Adobe puts forth a proposal to design a school that provides an environment to the children to have their own comfort at learning. The infrastructure of the school is such that it impacts the students to have a feeling of openness and freshness in all the spaces. It works towards the holistic development of the students through concepts of growth, linkage and seamlssness. Primary education is the foundatin of the child’s future. The design will provide the student and the staff a space with multiple and varying interactive optionssuch that the spaces will cater to performance of different function. Children are full of uncertainty, vigourand energy and the school provides open spacesaround every defined space. The design proposal also takes the New Education Policy reforms into consideration and works for the development of students.

Jigisha Soni Shrutee Patil



BUILD-ON SOUL ACADEMY In this design, we see the concept of modularity. A standard module of 50sq.m acts as the base area. And then we build upon it. Niches were added on to expand the space which are also multiples of the standard area. Niche increase the no. of activities that can happen in a room as they are additional spaces. Materials like concrete with timber nests in the ground floor, tinted glass in timber frames in the first floor and vertical timber louvers in the utility area niches are used. They create interesting spaces with filtered light. The jali wall in the periphery also filters light and also facilitates cross ventilation. These materials emphasise modularity while also enhancing a person’s experience.

Vaishnavi Siddhapara Manasa Ravikumar


The low entrance below the admin amongst the columns is a gathering area just before one enters the learning spaces. The open to sky courtyards are filled with trees or water, which cool down the air. The landing on the staircase overlooks the water body while also acting as a gateway between studies and play. The skywalk connects the main building with MPH and dining while looking out on the play area. The garden and sand pits at the back and the green pits at the front of the school help expand the activities in a safe semi enclosed environment. These features act as buffer or pause points in the fast paced schedule of both teacher and student alike. The stage in MPH opens out to the amphitheatre making it accessible to the entire community and not just students.


VIDYADHAM The school aims to create a learning environment where interaction of students as well as community at different levels is given highest priority. The central amphitheater is the core and integral part of this system. It connects the four parts a multipurpose hall, administrative spaces - staff room, in adjacent are the classrooms and then the dining. The central floor plane is raised at a height so that it functions as an amphitheater and acts as a central green separator for the spaces which follow a symmetrical axis.To overcome the rigidity of the usual classroom, bifold partitions are introduced between two classrooms which allows them to become collaborative and multifunctional spaces. Such convertible spaces encourage interaction between students of different classes and can also become larger discussion spaces. The spaces which would be most active during the day like administration, staffroom and classrooms are aligned to North, north east and north west direction so that they would get maximum glareless light. Public and administrative functions are located just beside the entrance and on the ground floor. Classrooms have their own ambience with courtyard, peripheral corridor with sitting areas. 104

Terracotta jaalis are added in the walls of the first floor for ventilation. Library is arranged as an educational hub; here there are zones for small children, teenagers, lecture and workshop space for the community.

Prajakta Pai Harsh Tank


THE PERPETUAL WAVE School plays a dynamic role in shaping an individual’s life. The project aims at creating spaces which adapt to the user, their typology and time of activities. The built form is curved to avoid sharp edges, these curves elevate and depress to form cavities, pathways and junction points making the curves interactive and facilitate user interaction. The curves or slopes are intentionally designed not on standard values with the green roofs of schools to make the rooftops more lively and to make the environment cooler. The main aim is to unify the linear orientation of the built spaces forming unbuilt areas between them. The spaces are allotted according to the functions and segregated among age groups for school and public activities. This is established by creating open, semi-open and closed spaces with different experiences and spatial qualities.

Rashmita Dake Ashwarya Raikar


Section xx’ gives an idea about the activities in the unbuilt areas. The 5m wide path acts as a corridor and has play of levels in seatings which are placed at intervals and the roofs above. Besides the primary school is a narrow path meandering between trees. The changing direction of the path attracts the kids and it has some books of the primary section stacked under them, making it an informal library. Secondary school area has gardening pits with plantation beds to experiment and learn. Unbuilt near the library is equipped with benches to foster learning under the trees.


NANDANVAN School is a learning abode, where children take lessons from history, get in spired from the present and explore things of the future.It is a building block of one’s own foundation, where learning of new things begins and grows. To learn new things ,basic foundational of understanding is very essential, and thus the proposal put forward is Nandanvan (Nandan- Happiness, van- forest) means Forest of Happiness. As we learn various things from nature and also nature is a tool to get childrens to experiance not just the wider world but also themselves. Hence this proposal is to build basic , something which is easy to understand yet thoughtful, simpler yet playful, monochromatic yet dramatic, where each and every place will behold a different experience for the user. The main objective of the design is to create a child friendly environment and to improve the child school space relationship. The intent was to create sustainable school design with the help of passive design strategies such as, open to sky courtyard, jali walls ,waterbodies, provid ing natural light and ventilation, terrace garden etc that helps in energy con servation. 108

Shivanjay Bhagat Abhishek Suryavanshi

Main concept is to breakdown the conventional concept of classroom learning which is just sitting still in a classroom for more then 4-5 hours which is not con venient. hence we created learn ing spaces which includes: 1- Main space (Classroom) 2 Essential space (Toilet) 3 - Recreational space (Breakout space). Learning space allows activity based leaming with interaction between four classrooms under open to sky breakout space.


STOODLE Doodling is the act of creating circles and drawings, in an unconscious or unfocused manner, it’s something that is not taught and is a very instinctive art form. The name ‘Stoodle’ is an amalgamation of the words students and doodle. Organic curves and free-flowing form makes the structure a seamless design. The school’s layout and design are an outcome of the amalgamation of pedagogy and study about child psychology. Open spaces were introduced to allow free movement in the space while keeping in mind a child’s nature to roam freely in mind.It is said that a child learns well when surrounded by interactive spaces. The structure even though separated into different modules, is still connected with the other spaces To reduce disturbance and chaos there is a play of levels. The main aim was to connect the interiors with the landscape around. Considering the hot climate of Patna, a green roof was added, in order to make the school look one with the surroundings, the spaces are segregated on the basis of their function, ie administrative module, curricular study module, and a community module on one level and activity spaces below 110

the ground level. The play of levels creates collaborative, interactive, and multifunctional spaces also creating a connection between the spaces.

Kimaya Churi Rohit Chopade Sairaj Halpatrao

Central Element For Visual Connection Between The Spaces

The modules are separated but still connected through different atmosphere and user experience.

Administrative Area (Om) Classroom Area (Om)

More number of openings for good light ventilation and wind circulation in the spaces

Play of levels to create interesting space experiences and also to reduce disturbance and chaos

Activity Area (-3.9m) Community Spaces (Om) Landscape


HEAD OVER HILLS The upside down structure creates a deep rooted impact on the thinking of a young ster. It makes the child retrace the ideologies burdened upon them. Head over heels’ breaks the conventional norm of a structure by having a narrower base and a broader top creating an impression of boundless thinking. The projected levels gives birth to the stilted sitting forming a transition between the figure and ground. The structure is itself formed by the perfect blend of public and semi public areas which guides one inside the educational realm. The admin, academic and the cultural zone follows a horizontal segregation forming three connected yet inde pendently operating units. Visually connected spaces are formed due to Octagonal internal courtyard which also connects all the spaces Horizontally as well as ver tically. Above the multipurpose hall is the public library approached by an open amphitheatre which Contributes to the post school activities. The mind of a child is not only enriched by the study one does in the school but also by the architecture of the space. A childs growth 112

greatly deals with visual interac tion. Thus, ‘head over heels’ uses color and breaks the monotonous nature of gov ernment structures in india. The broad thought behind the design development is to create a welcoming structure with interactive spaces.

Vaibhavi Khedkar Tarika Deshpande


Roof Flat octagonal roof perforated jaali roof over the public library

2nd Floor Computer and science labs indoor games area library open public library art rooms toilet

1st Floor 8 classroom for 5th to 8th std 2 staffrooms 2 toilets

G Floor admin 9 classrooms for 1st to 4th std central courtyard 2 toilets staffroom multipurpose hall canteen music and dance room






LIVING ON THE SLEDGE Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, it’s known for its remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, a great example of how people can live in the most inhospitable places. Its serene environment serves as a blank canvas for the creative minds and the northern lights attract tourists all year round. These portable tiny homes are meant to be used as flexible work spaces for photographers,artists,stargazers and tourists alikeThe concept was to combine off-grid living with Working and to design a self-contained space big enough to call home, yet small enough to take anywhere. .

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A site where ‘nature decides Everything and we are the guests’,so also these houses are portable, sustainable and allow occupants to connect with nature. Houses are portable, Sustainable and allow occupants to connect with nature.