SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE, VIJAYAWADA – MASTERPLAN
National Open Competition – 1st Prize
Location : Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Client : School of Planning and Architecture (funded by University Grants commission)
Project Status : 2012 – 2018 (Completed)
Plot Area : 8 acres
Built-up Area : Institution Building: 285000 sqft
Student Housing: 175000 sqft; Faculty Housing: 45000 sqft;
Executing Agency : Central Public Works Department
Structural Consultants : Kelkar Design Private Limited
MEP consultants : Enova; Cutech; Epsilon
Quantity Surveyors : Dongre Associates
THE COLLECTIVE LEARNING CULTURE `The tradition of disseminating knowledge and innovation relies in the diverse community experience. The SPAV campus addresses the interdependence of a community and the individual, vital for the growth of an educational institution, thereby creating opportunities of variation and learning. The interdependent programs offer a multitude of interactive spaces in the masterplanning approach that would be beneficial for a community experience.
These relationships have been structured into a three dimensional constellation informed by movement and varying levels of privacy of diverse programs. The central void in the ‘Concourse’ is reminiscent of the traditional courtyard that anchors common public and community programs.The Concourse is the redefined courtyard that holds the institute and the larger academic community together. The universal nature of the Concourse allows the space to operate both at a community scale as well as smaller group and individual scales. Smaller courtyards also work as three dimensional light wells which offer visual connectivity through the layers.
The Master plan attempts to make the campus an institutional center/ hub in the city of Vijayawada. The institutional building is a platform for debate, exchange and dissemination. The institutional building also acts as a deep gateway and an interface to the entire campus. The notional Interface/ Gateway allows for mediating, filtering and channelizing people from public activity level to the semipublic programs.