Amity International School, Mohali Punjab, North West Indian architecture, institutional building project Images
August 16, 2022
Architecture: Vijay Gupta Architects
Location: Mohali, Punjab, India
Photos: Avesh Gaur
Amity International School, Punjab
Learning environments play a central role in a child’s life by creating a character conducive to growth and overall development. Spaces can create memories and greatly enhance the learning experience. The innovative approach to design for the Amity International School in Mohali, Punjab, attempts to overcome the rigid morphology of educational spaces and planning.
Drawing conclusions from effective models of combating urban density, the complex seeks to embody a progressive spirit through a high level of spatial dynamism by rethinking the design of conventional school complexes.
The site presented several challenges in terms of size, orientation and environment, which were ingeniously navigated, while developing a distinctive design scheme. To balance the spatial demands with the site constraints, the massing of the building was elevated to podium level, spilling over onto a large columned platform connecting the cafeteria and doubling as a play area. Likewise, by providing activity areas on each level of the five-story structure, the school complex allows for spaces for engagement and exploration at multiple times.
While formal environments can help with better concentration, informal spaces are just as important and contribute significantly to the learning process. Based on this principle, the Amity International School includes spacious playgrounds, shaded walkways, play areas and open and semi-open spaces on the floors, creating attractive and exploratory spaces at several times.
A playful mix of perforations and louvers lighten the visual load of the towering five-story structure. These facade elements are designed to allow natural light to enter all areas of the campus.
One of the most important details of the project is the exuberant curtain wall that surrounds the built form on the south side. Made from laser cut aluminum panels and; strategically placed to shield the building from the harsh southern sun, this flowing envelope of blue and yellow asserts a distinct visual identity to the complex. The building follows an organic shape, achieved through well-crafted concrete details, with a bare ceiling, exposing the structural system, designed as an honest expression.
Interior spaces are fashioned in a tactile language, with minimal yet vibrant colors bringing a high sense of dynamism, highlighting the innovative approach that houses an environment conducive to learning. The porous wooden partitions, organically designed, allow visual connectivity in the spaces at all times. The north and south facades are a prime example of functionality and aesthetics, allowing the building to be climate responsive while establishing a distinct visual identity. Effective planning through cross-domain learning was instrumental in developing a design scheme suitable for holistic education.
The comprehensive design scheme lays the foundation for a holistic education – one where physical activity, social interaction and creative exploration are just as crucial as academic education.
Amity International School in Punjab, India – Building Information
Architecture: Vijay Gupta Architects – https://www.vga.co.in/blog/
Project name: Amity International School
Project location: Mohali, Punjab, India
Client Name: Ritnand Balved Education Foundation
Address: E – 27 Defense Colony, New Delhi
Telephone number: 011 41888000
Site size: 2.7 acres
Built area: 3,00,000 square feet
Project cost: 75 Crores
Start date: August 2019
Completion date: December 2021
Main architect: Saurabh Gupta
Design Team: Akanksha Gupta
Structural Engineer: Technical Project Consultants
Contractor: Ahuja Builders Private Limited
Photographer: Avesh Gaur
Amity International School, Mohali Punjab images/information received 160822
Location: Mohali, Punjab, northwest India
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