Dublin-based McCullough Mulvin Architects has released the plans for their first project outside of Ireland, a large-scale extension and modernization of Thapar University in Patiala, Punjab, India. Located in a fertile area, the project seeks to consider the University as a holistic landscape, "evoking and extending nature to form rocky heights and shaded valleys."
The project consists of the construction of two main building groups: The Learning Center, which is approximately 60,000 square meters; and the Student Accommodation, which is approximately 30,000 square meters. These new facilities will be connected with existing ones by a covered and planted walkway, which allows students and staff to walk through campus in contact with nature, while screened from the weather.
The Learning Center will be composed of three major red-stone-clad buildings: a Library, Computer Building, and Lecture Block, all of which come together into a sculptural formation visible from across campus. Each building within the Learning Center will feature rooftop gardens.
Student Accommodations will consist of seven “L” shaped towers that will contain 2,000 student rooms and common spaces. These towers will be linked by a podium that shields a reception center, gym, and dining spaces below. “Internally, spatially diverse common rooms are interlinked with double-height spaces to casually link student groups, and many bedrooms have screened balconies.”
Learn more about the project here.
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LocationPatiala, Punjab 147001, India
PhotographsCourtesy of McCullough Mulvin Architects