Swarnim International School

Abin Design Studio as Architects

Children spend a considerable duration of their formative years in a school, and hence the built environment is key in shaping their developmental approach. As a school is rightly called a student’s “second home”, home must be a place of comfort, growth, safety and empowerment. Additionally, whether a small child or an adolescent, it is not uncommon for them to fancy a small corner, nook or niche anywhere in a place that they frequent and to make it their “spot” where they can spend hours carefree.

photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta
photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta

The school's design aims to create a harmonious and stimulating learning environment that prioritizes student engagement and well-being. While the overall massing sees a “tetris-stacking” of sorts, a harmonious composition of blocks exudes a dominative yet protective sense. The facade seems proud in its surrounding but on entering, becomes a C-shaped plan, skirting the field and playground. It is designed with a modern and minimalistic approach to create a sleek and cohesive design. The building's jali facade, highlighted in red, adds a characteristic element to the design. Functionally, it enables cross ventilation and an exciting play of light and shadow that is dynamic with the movement of the sun as the day progresses.

photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta
photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta

The design incorporates several break-out spaces either as planted courtyards, smaller informal corridors and play areas for children to informally interact outside the classroom. The internal landscaped courtyards provide a welcoming and open atmosphere. These spaces are strategically placed throughout the building to provide a sense of connectivity and integration between the interior and exterior spaces. The landscape is carefully integrated into the design, with greenery seamlessly blending into the building's overall aesthetic.

photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta
photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta

The triple height cut outs are a prominent design feature highlighted in vibrant colours. When viewed from the outer or inner facade of the building, since they have slender cantilever on either side, they seem to create unique chambers that break the monotony of the otherwise flushed facade. Due to their scale with respect to the surface punctures on the superstructure, they create a sense of grandeur and openness while providing ample natural light and ventilation throughout the building.

The use of bold colours, unique design features, and seamless integration of interior and exterior spaces contribute to the school's modern, dynamic and hence “young” aesthetic.

photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta
photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta

Team:
Architect: Abin Design Studio
Lead Architects: Abin Chaudhuri 
Photography: Niveditaa Gupta
Design Team: Abin Chaudhuri, Mayank Nigam, Palash Santra, Tilak Ajmera, Shubham Majumder
MEP Consultant: Pankaj Dharkar & Associates
Structural Consultant: Poseidon Engineering Services
HVAC Consultant: Universal Group

photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta
photo_credit Niveditaa Gupta
Niveditaa Gupta

Material Used:
1. Construction System: Brick, Concrete, Prefabricated
2. Finishes: Concrete, Metal, Stone

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