With its varied courtyards, terraces, columned halls, entries and playful movements, the School of Sciences is a journey of discovery. While the solemn front of the structure conveys the image of serious academic pursuit that the university stands for, the building itself is centered around its users–faculty and students. The School of Sciences has been designed to house multiple post-graduate departments of science with their mix of teaching and research facilities. Given the dynamic nature of education today where disciplines are fluid and responsive to the demands of the market, the building had to be inherently flexible to adapt to future changes. The building is part of a larger 420 acre campus plan designed by the architects for a post-graduate university near the town of Cudappah. The design is based on a rigorous analysis of the program where functions are categorized into flexible/specific functions. Along with functional analysis, a key stimulus for the design has been the re-interpretation of thematic elements of traditional Indian architecture such as the jali, the courtyard and vast columnar halls (of temples and mosques for example). These elements stand as examples of a sensitive and tested response to context and climate. Moreover, they are also successful illustrations of how public buildings can be scaled to a personal intimate scale without losing their symbolic gravity.
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