Nandalal Sewa Samithi Library / Anupama Kundoo Architects

Nandalal Sewa Samithi Library / Anupama Kundoo Architects

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  • Architect In Charge:Anupama Kundoo
  • Design Team:Anupama Kundoo Architects
  • City:Puducherry
  • Country:India
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Text description provided by the architects. Set in a residential area of rapidly urbanizing Pondicherry, the new library building is realized as a social infrastructure facilitated through the social organization Nandalal Sewa Samithi.

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Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
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© Javier Callejas

Affordability being a key consideration, the library is a construction built in locally made, exposed bricks, which would stand out as an institutional building in the context of the plastered and painted masonry construction of the surrounding houses and apartment buildings.

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© Javier Callejas

The roof profile represents the ‘open book’, as do the screening elements conceived in ferrocement technology symbolizing constant progress through knowledge. The orthogonal walls on the upper floor lean outwards towards the top like a crown, as the building aims to serve the community and invest in its empowerment by encouraging reading and learning.

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© Javier Callejas

As land is limited by the residential plot sizes, the terrace upstairs is designed to compensate for this by providing the necessary open space for contemplation and informal outdoor events. The inclusiveness of this facility is demonstrated by the inclusion of Braille books for the visually impaired. This particular feature is reflected architecturally in the way a Braille typeface is integrated into the building elements to create porous patterns in the brickwork, screens and ceiling.

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© Javier Callejas
Section EE
Section EE

Light patterns in the form of Braille texts leave their imprint on the interior spaces so that those who can see are visually aware of the language of those who cannot see, and thus increase their sensitivity to the differently abled.

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© Javier Callejas

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Address:Puducherry, India

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Cite: "Nandalal Sewa Samithi Library / Anupama Kundoo Architects" 08 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/952783/nandalal-sewa-samithi-library-anupama-kundoo-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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