SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE STUDENT HOUSING
National Open Competition – 1st Prize
Location : Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Client : School of Planning and Architecture
(funded by University Grants commission)
Project Status : 2012 -present (Under construction)
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 housing allows for multiple smaller building types and dispersed in balanced clusters around varying scales of living courtyards. The housing is an active pedestrian ground which is stimulated as the streetscape gets transformed into verandahs and chowks. The housing breaks the strict definitions of the layers by fragmenting the program by streets, verandahs, courtyards and other common programs. Though the grain has been maintained by dismantling the defined boundaries of boys housing, girls housing, visiting faculty, associate and assistant professors, professors, non-teaching faculty and other faculty, these seamlessly merge by virtue of the spatial continuum and connective spaces. This creates a lively neighborhood that fosters informal interactions.
The Student Housing is fragmented thereby moving away from the dormitory or hostel organizations which foster a regimented form of social control. An attempt was made to break this very notion by streets, courtyards, bridges, verandahs and terraces the spaces we perceive create a variety of chance interaction between students. This fragmentation is continued on the floors above which allow for semi private interaction zones in the form of Terraces and Bridges. The Common room program has also been broken down and distributed across the student housing thus allowing of stronger bonds with a smaller scale of the neighborhood.
The traditional towns with narrow streets at appropriate distances enable passive cooling and protection from the harsh solar radiation. The school and housing building reintroduces traditional principles of architecture and urbanism to modern architectural student community. Its potential lies within its subtle and yet sensuous spatial experience. The emphasis on detail and the use of local materials could create a space that is at the same time embedded within its cultural context and rich in its appearance.