4 rural schools needed to be executed in Rural Maharashtra for a charitable trust. A prototype was developed using a common thread in terms of concept, space planning and use of materials. Spatially the schools were divided into 2 zones – the administrative zone and the educational zone. The former housed the staff rooms, admissions office, principals’ room and trustees cabins. The latter housed the classrooms and common amenities like the laboratories, computer facilities, art related rooms etc. Each zone was developed around its own courtyard, so that they had a bit of landscape to look out onto and was connected by a linear corridor covered with pergola, which formed a feature element for all the schools. This had an interesting play of light and shadows in the corridor space. Certain feature walls were made of exposed brick to create variation in the façade. Locally available Tandoor was used as flooring and door/window frame material. A lightweight double insulated Tradeck roof was used as these schools are in a seismic region. The insulation and large overhangs prevented overheating in the hot dry weather and also allowed for ample air circulation through the classrooms, making them comfortable even without the use of fans when the areas have no electricity due to power shedding.
2,50,000 sq. ft.