(Winning entry in a two stage invited competition)
Location : Matunga , Mumbai
Client : Veermata Jeejabai Technological Institute
Project Status : 2015 -present (tender stage)
Plot Area : 2020 sqm (65,700 sqm campus area)
Built-up Area : 90,000 sqft
Structural Consultants : Kelkar Design Private Limited
MEP consultants : Devang Dalal
Quantity Surveyors : Dongre Associates
The Student Housing moves away from the dormitory or hostel organizations, which foster a regimented form of social control by use of single loaded corridor organizations. The other challenge was to break the notion of stacked student housing where there is no exchange between students as the program and site given requires multiple floors.The social and cultural life of a student has been captured and highlighted by sequencing common program along the hostel circulation in the building. The common program activities placed adjacent to the circulation creates opportunities for interaction between students.The common programs include common rooms, study rooms, pantry, TV rooms and computer rooms.
The built form responds to the open playgrounds and recreational grounds of the campus by extending the podium level and creating of double height viewing decks that over look the grounds.The organization and orientation of the common program is primarily determined by the open spaces around the site. The podium floor of the building is looked at as a 24 hour living courtyard that is raised. The student dining and kitchen has been embedded into the ground floor which is overlooked from few voids of the podium. As the kitchen would need high serviceability it has been kept away from the student activities of the building.