Client : The School KFI, Chennai

Services : Design & Construction Management

The Design Brief

A holistically sustainable campus :

To create a ‘green’ campus for an eco-conscious school that needed to move from its current location to a smaller site.

A sense of freedom for students :

To create a campus where students feel free to explore different forms of indoor and outdoor spaces and hence learn from this opportunity.

This challenging move of a school that had been well settled over the last 30 years in its current campus provided unlimited possibilities to dream up an ideal campus.

- Anupama- Head-Architecture
Green Evolution

THE DESIGN PROCESS
Campus study

Observations of the current campus at different times of day to understand spatial requirements and student activity patterns.

Visits to other schools

Visits to other alternate schools in the country to study their facilities and to gather input from their experience over time.

Concept evolution

Evolution of proposed design concepts and presentation of the same to the teachers, gather their feedback and subsequently present the final design to parents, trustees and students.

CONCLUSION

It was found that the school actually needed even more built up space that what they had in the current campus. The school’s current 17 acre wooded campus was a key part of the overall learning experience for the students.

An evolutionary process that combined teacher and student aspirations, the school’s unique teaching methodologies and Green Evolution’s environmental and aesthetic sensitivities to create a campus that will leave a mark on the users and the environment.

THE FINAL DESIGN

An organic, unconstrained visual and physical flow through the campus and its existing trees thus shaping the buildings and spaces in its path! Aesthetics was attained from the Rustic charm of exposed building materials, interesting artwork in the form of murals and use of planting on facades.

Sustainable Excellence through architecture for the new school campus has been achieved through sensitivity to the following aspects:

Environmental protection during Construction : Preservation of top soil, secure material storage and waste management.

Sensitivity to site : Minimal disturbance to the existing trees and terrain on site.

Good Indoor Environmental Quality : Constant visual and physical connect to the outdoors, adequate natural light and ventilation.

Sustainable resource use : Exposed hollow clay block walls, in-situ flooring, ‘jaalis’ and minimal use of conventional closed joinery.

Energy Efficiency : Orientation of buildings to ensure adequate natural light and ventilation, combined with solar photovoltaics and solar thermal systems.

Water Conservation : Low flow sanitary fixtures, plant based biological waste water treatment and re-use.

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