Smart School

Improving education institutions

OVERVIEW

Education plays a vital role in the development of a human being and the society as a whole. Technological advancements cause a major impact on teaching methodologies worldwide and through this thesis, an attempt has been made to understand how architecture can respond to the needs of these modern teaching methodologies.

The built components include an academic block, auditorium, faculty housing, student hostels and associated facilities. An elevated walkway, an activity podium of sorts, is introduced, which connects all the built components and provides covered and shaded linkages. With an exploration into designing inspirational and healthy spaces for children, the thesis aims to create a school environment conducive to learning and holistic development of children.

TEAM

Individual Thesis

DATE

Feb 2016 - May 2016

MY ROLE

• Performed research on Anxiety Disorder and wearable sensor technology via user interviews, SME interviews, literature reviews, and competitive analysis

• Created sketches, wireframes, and various levels of fideli conducted usability tests to iterate ideas

• Conducted 12 rounds of in person and remote usability testing to find usability issues and refine product design

• Lead visual design and created an interactive prototype to present the solution

SITE

The selected site is in Dwarka, an upcoming residential neighbourhood in Delhi, India. Being a corner plot, having 2 sides open allows for flexibility in design. The surroundings are planned as residential developments. A commercial complex is planned on the other side of the road, due to which special attention needs to be paid to vehicular circulation to prevent traffic congestion.A water canal with protected greens, adjacent to the site provides an open character to the school campus. The greens, apart from livening up the view from classrooms, can act as extended green spaces for class outings/ play sessions.

CONCEPTUAL MODEL

1. Academic Block

Interconnected courts catering to different age groups maintain continuity in openness. Courts and Spaces of varying sizes and experiential quality cater to different needs.

2. Open Air Theatre

A huge OAT in the central court acts as the central hub for the school. All other spaces flow into this.

3. Hostels

Local open spaces merge into the larger field, providing a varying degree of introverts. Climatically oriented rooms end into stepped terrace gardens acting as breakout spaces overlooking the field.

4. Elevated Walkway

A naturally shaded elevated walkway connects the building mass, acting as an activity hub in itself. The walkway also provides a shaded path between the built masses to counter the unfavourable climatic conditions.

5. Faculty Housing

Centrally positioned faculty housing helps ensure the safety of students at all times.

6. Auditorium and Multipurpose Hall

The auditorium & multipurpose hall, although connected to the main academic block, can be operated separately for events, without disturbing the rest of the school activities.

SITE PLAN

An attempt has been made to utilise as much natural light and ventilation as possible through internal courts and proper orientation. Natural courtyard effect and passive cooling technologies with a few water bodies reduce the energy consumption for air conditioning. Stacking and terraces facing towards the field provide a sense of connection by increasing visibility of the complex from different parts. Primary wing gas been provided a separate zone to allow it to function independently as required

FLOOR PLANS

Recessive stacking and internal courtyards have been used to change built mass scale, increase natural light and ventilation, and provide open terraces at various levels

SECTIONS

Section XX'

Naturally shaded walkway, which connects the academic block and the hostels, acts as an activity space in itself. It acts as the hub of connectivity and congregation and the backbone of efficient uninterrupted circulation.

Section YY'

Built mass of the academic block is broken by internal courts, which provide natural light and ventilation, and as small spillouts to break the monotony of the built. They act as breathing spaces for the building.

Section ZZ'

Apart from the common football field, seperate smaller open greens are provided for different age groups, with a central sunken open air theatre acting as the hub for common activities.

PHYSICAL MODEL

@2019 Shashank Jain  |   sjain@utexas.edu