Nandanam Kindergarten Kindergarten by Path Architects & Planners

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Nandanam Kindergarten

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Kindergarten

INSPIRATION:
Nandanam endeavors to create through the medium of architecture, spaces that are responsive to the vast spirit of the child and facilitate natural curiosity, exploration and integral learning. The design is seen as the chance to break free from existing norms in education by creating an environment that nurtures and enhances inner wisdom and holistic development of each child.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Manifestation of cohesive connectivity, integration of different scaled open spaces in built form, exposed material that is honest and communicative, elements that defy convention and become playmates of the child and innovative building techniques.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The center of the entire plan and the main focal element - the open courtyard is the constant reference and shaded by existing Neem tree, it is indeed the calm anchor that holds the entire composition together. This is the heart of the school and is symbolic to the open minded approach as the core principal of education in Auroville. All the classrooms and activity rooms are arranged around this through common semi covered space which forms a continuous band of activities like an internal street.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was built in four phases starting from 2006 and was completed in 2014. Each phase took 9 months to complete and commenced as funds were available. Location- Centrefield, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Use of Alternative Construction Techniques like Rammed Earth Foundation, Hollow Terracotta Roofing, Low maintenance buildings (exposed brickwork) Climate Responsive Design

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site Area:6150 sqm Ground Coverage:925sqm Built Up Area:737sqm Number of Floors:1

TAGS:
Nandanam Kindergarten, Auroville, Integral Design, Shailaja, PATH, Educational Institute Design, Inner Growth, Value oriented education, Integral Education, Contextual Architecture, Climate Responsive & Children friendly School Design, Alternative Construction Technologies

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
The first challenge faced while designing this kindergarten was that the first phase out of 4 was already built by another architect. The existing building corresponded to a regular grid while the rest of the kindergarten called for a different approach. The second challenge faced was that the building had to be designed with flexibility in order to accommodate Auroville’s evolving and holistic system of education. The third challenge was to work on different designs with the teachers who were also the clients, who had multiple ideas and perspectives that often internally contradicted.

ADDED DATE:
2018-06-18 04:38:20

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Lalit Kishor Bhati
Image #2: Photographer Lalit Kishor Bhati
Image #3: Photographer Lalit Kishor Bhati
Image #4: Photographer Lalit Kishor Bhati
Image #5: Photographer Lalit Kishor Bhati
Video Credits: Mohit Arora

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.auroville.org/contents/4011
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
NANDANAM KINDERGARTEN

PROFILE:
Nandanam is a crèche plus kindergarten located in Centre Field for up to 60 children between 2 to 6 years of age. Nandanam, which means ‘garden' in Sanskrit, is Auroville's second kindergarten started in 2003. At Nandanam, the educators essentially and strongly feel that the children should have the freedom to explore the world within and around them and to grow at their own pace and in their own way, trying always to come in contact with their psychic being and being guided by it.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Nandanam Kindergarten Kindergarten by Path Architects & Planners is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Nandanam Kindergarten Kindergarten by Path Architects & Planners is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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