Cluster 05: Responding to the demands of Context and Community

Institutional projects are critical focal points for peri-urban and rural communities and serve as places for exchange. Often, these projects present themselves as tough landscapes to build within. There are many challenges: logistical constraints, shortages of material, limited budgets, lack of supporting infrastructure, difficult terrains and concerns of the stakeholders. To create meaningful architecture, the architect is confronted with difficult questions and good design emerges from the ability of the architect to respond to these questions. The three institutional projects chronicled here deal with the challenges of the context and demography with empathy and restraint all the while producing meaningful architecture and therefore, these projects are cited as Special Mentions in The Merit List.
Hilltop School / Bright Horizon Academy, DesignAware
Project: Hilltop School / Bright Horizon Academy
Architect: DesignAware
Programme: School
Location: Hyderabad
Site Area: 2,000 sq yards
Built-Up Area: 25,000 sqft
Year of Commencement: 2014
Year of Completion: 2017

The Atelier, Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Project: The Atelier
Architect: Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Programme: School
Location: Bengaluru
Site Area: 1955 sqm
Built up Area: 985 sqm
Year of Commencement & Completion: 2016

Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Studio Advaita
Project: Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya
Architect: Studio Advaita
Programme: Primary School
Location: Mothiyasinga, Assam
Site Area: 2.5 Acre
Built-up Area: 19,450 sqft
Year of Commencement: 2014
Year of Completion: 2016