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Pearl Academy of Fashion

LocationJaipur, India
DescriptionThe Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jaipur is a campus which by virtue of its design is geared towards creating an environmentally responsive passive habitat. The radical architecture of the institute emerges from a fusion of the rich traditional building knowledge bank and cutting edge contemporary architecture. Also, given the nature of an institution, budgetary constraints on the project necessitated the use of cost effective design solutions to keep within the price points set by the client, yet be able to achieve the desired functionality and effect.

Located in a hot, dry climate on the outskirts of Jaipur, it was a challenge to control the micro climate within the project. Incorporating various passive climate control methods becomes a necessity- such as open courtyards, water body, a step-well or baoli and jaalis (perforated stone screens).

The double skin acts as a thermal buffer between the building and the surroundings. Its density has been derived using computational shadow analysis based on orientation. The outer skin sits 4 feet away from the building and reduces the direct heat gain through fenestrations, yet allowing for diffused daylight. The jaali thus, serves the function of 3 filters- air, light, and privacy.

Matkas or earthen pots traditionally used for carrying water are used as thermal insulation. They are placed 2.5 cm apart, the gap filled with sand, and then cast over with a binding layer of concrete. This sandwich of trapped air is applied to horizontal surfaces that are exposed to the sun, becoming a barrier that limits solar heat transmission.

The scheme relies on self-shading sliver courts to control the temperatures of internal spaces and open stepped wells while allowing for sufficient day lighting inside studios and class rooms.

The entire building is raised above the ground and a scooped out under belly forms a natural thermal sink which is cooled by water bodies through evaporative cooling. The under belly which is thermally banked on all sides serves as a large student recreation and exhibition zone and forms the anchor for the entire project.

Energy efficiency is a prime concern and the institute is 100% self-sufficient in terms of captive power and water supply and promotes rain water harvesting and waste water re-cycling. The Pearl Academy of Fashion is an exemplar of an inclusive architecture which intends to accommodate all the heritage values while positioning it within the contemporary cultural and architectural paradigm.
ClientPearl Academy of Fashion
Start date01-02-2006
Area Units.q.ft.
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