GYANANDA SCHOOL, GURGAON
This 5 acre complex comprises of a school building, play field and utilities. Simple yet elegant in its planning, this four storey building’s façade is an interesting derivative of cantilevered rooms and cupboards, structural glazings and highlighted entries. An extensive use of screens, pergolas and fascia walls tempers the micro climate along the pedestrian corridors.
The main entry is through a formal double height office space which caters to the administrative functions of the school including a dedicated fees window for the convenience of the guardians. The student entries are more informal and playful in character. Adorned with colourful wall art, they present the day’s first interaction between the students and their built environment. The building is designed to ensure accessibility for users with disabilities and an appropriately sloped ramp forms the key element of the main student entry which is flanked by interactive and educative play areas on both sides, thus highlighting the concept of learning through games.
The building’s internal circulation is planned as a combination of singly and doubly loaded corridors. The resulting design allows for maximum efficiency in-terms of built spaces and at the same time, adds the feeling of openness as one looks down at suitable planned central courts. Proposed to be built in two phases, the building has been divided by a double height corridor at alternate levels which overlooks the junior play area with provisions for badminton and skating in the first phase and a landscaped amphitheatre in the second phase.
Smart, air-conditioned classrooms with provisions for interactive boards for online teaching, ergonomically appropriate furniture and child friendly floor and wall coverings are key features of the formal learning zones. Though the boundaries of academic & outdoor play areas are set, their seamless amalgamation through corridors, courtyards and alcoves creates interactive spaces for students to enhance their personalities as a response to their everyday environment.