Aadharshila Vatika, Delhi, India
Exemplary design categories: access, comfort, cultural and historical value, multi-sensory environment, safety, science laboratoriesHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The school campus is on an undulating site surrounded by woodland. The main buildings have been sited to harmonise with this natural environment and to cluster teaching, residential and sports facilities in separate zones. Throughout the campus, promenades provide easy access between the various facilities on site. These also offer spaces for relaxation. A “green axis” runs through the campus, providing a pedestrian route from a small area of woodland at the upper end of the site through a patio containing an open-air circular theatre to a courtyard between the teaching block and the gym. All teaching facilities are housed in a six-storey block, comprising a central spine and three wings. There building has been carefully planned to maximise the natural light and ventilation. Children’s safety has been taken into account in the design. The risers in the staircases are only 13cm high so children can access them easily. Anti-slip tiles are used to prevent accidents. Railings are at child height. The pool at the rear of the building is no more than 45cm deep and is monitored by a camera which sends feeds from the reception to the principal’s room. The kindergarten has two entrances, and children use the side entrance. This means that children access the school well away from the busy main road at the front of the building and their movements can be monitored as they pass through the main reception area.
Activity Areas: 5 classrooms, reception, activity room, medical room, media room, 1 music/dance room, swimming pool
Project costs: IND 70,000,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"