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Vallabhashram's Girls School Pardi, Gujarat
Project Facts + Design Team
DateDesign Team
2010Nitin Killawala
Ketan Mistry
ClientsStructural Engineers
Shreevallabh Ashram
Shikshan Sangeet Kendra
V.S. Engineers
Valsad, GujaratAmod Shevde
Project Area
2,50,000 sqft.

The Vallabh Ashram campus an international girl’s school is located on a 20 Acre site close to National Highway 8.

In order to take advantage of the flat topography of the site, a central play ground has been planned as a primary device to structure the Master plan. Two primary buildings i.e. the main school building and the hostel block anchor the Northern and Southern ends of the site, while an elaborate sports complex and an infirmary occupy the western periphery of the campus.

Almost all proposed structures have been connected at the first level, optimizing circulation, while also promoting, a conducive environment for exchange and learning. A series of ramps, staircases and bridges form an integral part of the architectural vocabulary, assisting in expressing the overall intent of the master plan.

The 24 class rooms housed within the school are planned over 3 levels, where each classroom is turned at an angle of 45°, adding an overall aesthetic value to the façade, while also allowing sufficient light and ventilation within the entire building.

The hostel block occupies the largest foot print on site, where the architecture is almost internalized through a series of terraces and voids. A central dining hall, with high ceiling, forms the anchor around which the residential units get organized.