The architecture school was designed with an approach of connecting nodes to form a mass with a porous Parasol that hovers over Situated in the premieres of a multidisciplinary campus ground, the architecture school was designed with an approach of connecting the existing nodes to form a porous Parasol that hovers over an agglomeration of objects interspersed with pockets of landscape.
With a site of 4 acres along with a view for future expansion , the school can be segregated into 3 parts. The Plinth, the Floating mass, and the Parasol Roof
This earthly mass from the ground that forms the plinth houses spaces like the workshops and exhibition gallery, seminar halls, the cafeteria and other activities that need to spill out and cross paths of interaction. The whole edge of this plinth is deliberately fragmented and tapers down to a series of steps and landscape patches to meet the ground. Extending out to the existing campus plaza and perhaps drawing in a gradual attention from the entire campus ground. The intermediate levels allows a new dimension of space that enhances the possibility of intimate relationship with the green landscape.
The Floating mass
The site by itself was a woodland with canopies reaching far and wide. It became imperative to sustain this green and build spaces around it. Huge concrete blocks suspended above the plinth at different levels, housing the studio and a lecture room accompanied with a spill out courtyard with a tree became the concept. Arranged at different levels and scattered over the floor plate, the building allows one to experience space of different characteristics, varying in scale, enclosure, and material. Flanked with a courtyard to spill out to, each studio itself explores 3 levels, with a mezzanine classroom, a large studio space below and a lower landscape at the plinth level. This helps in creating an intimate relationship with the discipline, the pedagogy and the pupil.
The Parasol Roof
The Porous parasol roof that hovers over the effervescing spaces below allows it to to further explore and experience light and growth, shadow and shade.
Smaran Mallesh, Vikram Rajashekar, Narendra Pirgal, Haritha John, Manu Koshy