Aatam Hostel & House
Suryan Dang

Aatam Hostel & House

Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a) as Architects

Aatam has a residential program mix, containing hostels rooms for students along with a residence for the family that owns the plot. Six years in the making, the project is located in the dry and hot climate of Kota, Rajasthan. The town of Kota in Northern India is a coaching hub for training students to take entrance exams to study at the coveted IIT engineering colleges in India. Every year around 200,000 students move to Kota spending a minimum of a year at coaching classes living in private hostels specifically made for student housing in the town. The economy of the Kota is driven by this temporal population. For the IIT aspirant Kota occupies center stage, so much so, that it spawned a popular OTT show which highlights the travails and tribulations of student aspirants living there. While the coaching centers are as state of the art as any other such educational institute in the country, student housing is neglected and devoid of much thinking. Natural Light, ventilation social spaces are mostly absent. There is a high risk of failure in getting through the IIT exams which when coupled with the severity or lack of sympathetic living spaces can be psychologically oppressive. The Kota hostel is a small beginning in reimagining student living in the town. 

photo_credit Suryan Dang
Suryan Dang
photo_credit Suryan Dang
Suryan Dang

Working with elements of the traditional haveli ( Rajasthan house form) like vertically proportioned courtyards, Jharokhas ( look out balconies) and stone Jali’s ( perforated screens) the project is a remaking of the haveli form suited to the programmatic needs of the students.

photo_credit Suryan Dang
Suryan Dang
photo_credit Suryan Dang
Suryan Dang

In stark contrast to the surrounding row house types which together form an impervious wall to the street, the Kota hostel opens up, animating the street with views of the courtyard and then to the playground beyond the plot. The combination of social space of terraces and courtyards creates a wind tunnel enabling breeze to flow through the building.

photo_credit Suryan Dang
Suryan Dang
photo_credit Suryan Dang
Suryan Dang

The open to sky courtyard is spanned above by a bridge that connects the two arms of the residential unit for the owners. The building structures through the section multiple stepped erraces of shaded social spaces for the students to creates a visual connect across the other levels as well as with the street and the courtyard. 

photo_credit Kunal Sharma
Kunal Sharma

Team:

Architects: Sameep Padora & Associates 
Design Team: Vami Sheth, Aparna Dhareshwar, Akanksha Sharma, Archita Bandopadhay, Kunal Sharma 
Graphics: Adnan Kasubhai, Raj Kachalia, Nikhil Bang, Anand Jain
Structural Consultant : Sameer Sawant
MEP Consultant : ARKK Consulting  
Image Credits: Suryan Dang , Kunal Sharma

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