Location: INDORE, India.
Architect: SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS.
The main administration offices, auditorium, seminar halls, library, and cafeteria of a university campus are housed in a building that gradually steps up from the approach direction, despite its 20 metre height. The five-level building’s terrace is accessible to students and faculty, creating an open auditorium amidst the landscape. The building’s multiple functional spaces are interspersed with naturally lit landscaped courtyards, allowing indirect light to infuse the internal volumes at each level. The building is designed to be energy efficient and sustainable, with minimal dependence on artificial lighting and air conditioning. The building’s varied sectional volumes punctuated by landscape create different experiences in each part of the building. The common facilities like food court, an auditorium, and the administrative offices are located on the ground floor for easy access. The various library components are located on the first floor connected by a bridge over the diagonal indoor street cutting across the building. The common classrooms occupy the second floor deriving light and ventilation from the various sectional volumes and open courts. The third floor houses the tiered classrooms, and the fourth-floor houses all the administrative and faculty-related facilities. The east, west, and southern sides of the building are enveloped with a ventilated brick screen to mitigate heat gain in response to the climate. The building is designed to be energy efficient and sustainable, with minimal dependence on artificial lighting and air conditioning. The building is a series of interactive spaces of different scales fostering engagement at various levels amongst the users as well as integrating functional and open landscaped areas intrinsically.