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Architecture | Educational Buildings

The Rajasthan School

Sanjay Puri Architects

Short description

Imbibing the organic character of Indian villages, the Rajasthan School is a low-rise school with open, enclosed & semi-enclosed spaces of varying volumes.
Taking cognizance of the desert climate of its location with temperatures in excess of 35°C for most of the year, each of the classrooms are north oriented to derive indirect sunlight. The auditorium, primary school & administration space occupy the southern side of the plot opening into a large sheltered open area towards the north beyond which the secondary school classrooms, library & cafeteria are located.
The semi-sheltered courtyard has multiple angular pathways, connecting the two parts of the school with landscaped play spaces that foster engagement. Traversed by a series of linear trapezoidal frames & sun-breakers, this focal area has a constantly changing shadow pattern depending on the sun direction throughout the day. The entire circulation is through open naturally ventilated corridors traversing & skirting the focal landscaped court in the centre. Angled vertical walls act as sun breakers to reduce heat gain from the east, west & south sides generating cooler internal spaces.
The complete electrical power requirement is generated by the residual energy of a cement plant nearby. In addition, the entire water is recycled & reused. The building by its design is thus energy efficient.
The organic layout creates a different character to each part of the school orienting each space with different views & different perceptions & is exploratory in multiple ways.

Entry details
LocationRas, Rajasthan, India
Lead designerSanjay Puri
Design teamSanjay Puri, Ishveen Bhasin, Ankush Malde, Pooja Prajapati
Photography creditsMr.Dinesh Mehta
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