Community School; Munsiyari, Uttarakhand, India
The intension is to design place based on traditional learning in open, amidst natural environment. Learning space where students’ feel connected to their natural habitat. A place where they love to come, play and learn life skills.
Steps derived from natural contours, descending in east; towards Mountain View brings much needed day light and warmth. A school without boundaries & un-programed spaces which encourages spontaneous, organic & intuitive behavior. Learning happens anywhere (open or closed space) based on time and season. Site can easily be used for various community activities like festivals, meetings, vocational trainings, medical camps etc.
The place is to be made with help of local craft/skills & techniques, using local wood (Banj wood) and stone (Bhatti stone). Class rooms made of wood gives insulation against cold temperature. Rooms have glass ceiling with retractable roof which can be opened or closed based on weather conditions. Slits in wooden wall with pivoting colored panels, allows for cross ventilation and adds to playfulness. Wind mill generated energy will be used for lighting during dark hours.
The house is divided into separate areas based on activities and privacy requirements. These areas then are carefully organised around different courts. The house looks inwards, has a very private feel to it and all the spaces overlook and benefit from the precious piece of nature that it holds within. The changing seasons, the dawn and the dusk, the rains and the spring are all captured and one lives amidst.
The idea is to reinterpret traditional houses with verandah, in a modern avatar. Proposed residence sits on a long amalgamated plot posing challenge to design 5 bed room house which is humble & compliments human scale so that the feeling of being connected to all parts is there.
Deep linear verandah on north side brings all living areas together and provide all weather outdoor living space. This verandah becomes a mediator & connector between outdoor and indoor spaces and is the most vibrant & active place of residence.
Building mass is broken into separate segments and then bought together in layers giving it human scale in spite of its size.