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Flame Campus

TeamRajeev Kathpalia, Sejal Patel, Sagar Shah, B.N. Panchal, Shailesh, Jose Benoy, Vishal, Hardik Jagad, Lata Patel
LocationPune, India
DescriptionThe design postulates the 'bazaar of education', a rather unusual approach to a campus design. This echoes to the idea of 'constant change' combined with 'evolution of time'. This texture could be felt in an Indian village street. The strong visual forces, looking on to the hills, combined with the activities makes the intended 'places'. Thus an open to sky pedestrian 'spine' emerges as the salient design feature that connects the various blocks, enacting as a 'breathing space'. The sequencing of program fabricates casual encounters, those accidental running into known and unknown faces, instituting the people from various disciplines to interweave and share knowledge - to share life. The classrooms, laboratories, faculty rooms, performing arts, visual arts studio and recording studio play a part in the making of the spine. Orientation of the spine along the north-south direction keeps a major part of the spine in shade, creating cool spaces of repose in the hot tropical sun during the day. The silhouette of shadows along the spine creates interesting patterns to behold. Innovative combination of clad and bare concrete surfaces explores a palette of myriad textures and play of light, augmenting the visual interest.
The ideology of minimum alteration of the original topography, leads to the twists and turns of blocks with the contours of the rolling ground. Thus the otherwise compact planning is eased and stretched out with this approach. Minimal footprint is achieved with the careful programming of the day-today activities in the university. Thus achieving a reduction in add-on landscaping, and water requirements.
ClientFoundation for Liberal Arts and Management Education
Start date01-07-2008
Area Units.q.m.
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