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4 global schools and institutions in India and Dubai that encourage learning through design and architecture

DEC 28, 2023 | By Khushi Gala
Library Pod, Aurangabad, Photography by Ekansh Goel, Studio Recall and Sohaib Ilyas
Toy Blocks, Ahmedabad; Photography by Atik Bheda & Umang Shah
The South View School, Dubai, Photography by Beno Saradzic

From using blackboards to ebooks, from learning in open grounds to concrete buildings, our way of learning has significantly evolved over the years. Spaces where knowledge coexists with the built environment. Spaces that inspire. Spaces that encourage minds to engage with design. ELLE DECOR India unfurls a selection of schools and institutions from Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Dubai that have redefined learning by the means of great design and architecture. 

Library Pod, Aurangabad 

In a world where society relies and seeks education through the means of technology, Rajshri Deshpande, founder, Nabhangan Foundation, initiation for Library Pod was brought into action. The pod, built under a peepal tree, utilises 17.16 sq m of space and the metal unit doubles up as a water-tight bookshelf with blackboards on the other side, perfect to take classes under the peepal tree. The metal roof was designed to shield users against the weather conditions and was also made water and dust-free using rubber gaskets as it was built in the open sky. The pod was an example of how small inventions have the biggest achievements. 

Library Pod, Aurangabad, Photography by Ekansh Goel, Studio Recall and Sohaib Ilyas

 

Library Pod, Aurangabad, Photography by Ekansh Goel, Studio Recall and Sohaib Ilyas

Toy Blocks, Ahmedabad

During child development, early childhood education is indeed a pivotal phase of learning, where a child’s social and cognitive fundamentals form strong roots. Principal Architect Hartmut Wurster, with his team at Blocher Partners India, designed a kindergarten focusing on the very thought and shaping a relationship between learning spaces, architecture and nature. Meet Toy Blocks, a cluster of nine cube-shaped buildings, inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia, carved with locally sourced materials and simple lime plaster facades. The interiors portray an impressive aspect of design with the skylight bringing in plentiful daylight. As Hartmut says, “We worked with interiors derived from the principles of chromotherapy and colour psychology with themes like cosmic adventures and Lego world. These spaces incorporate ergonomic furniture creating a comfortable and safe space for the young ones.” 

Toy Blocks, Ahmedabad; Photography by Atik Bheda & Umang Shah

 

Toy Blocks, Ahmedabad; Photography by Atik Bheda & Umang Shah

The South View School, Dubai

With the concept of conjoining engineering and architecture, the South View School was housed to educate young minds. Designed by R + D Studio, the construction of the school creates a blend of contemporary and traditional architecture exhibiting a more conventional space. The kindergarden at the base level, is next to the recreational space with an amphitheatre, whereas the upper floors cater to older children. In contrast to the belief of using a modern material palette, the design provides a balance between the old and new without alienating the experience of the local environment. 

The South View School, Dubai, Photography by Beno Saradzic

 

The South View School, Dubai, Photography by Beno Saradzic

Woxsen Library, Hyderabad

Built to celebrate ideas and encourage understanding, is the Vithal Gandhi Centre, the central library, designed by Rajeev Kumar, principal architect, Designhaaus, is the Woxsen university. Spread across 70,000 sq ft is the library at the Woxsen university, a steel and concrete structure. The visible maintenance of the construction slabs overall, gives one the illusion of every space being on one level, resulting in access to more light and ventilation which reduces the use of artificial lighting and helps make the building more sustainable. Coffee shops, new age technology and reading nooks have been incorporated into the library, to encourage students to open their minds and come up with new creative ideas. 

Woxsen Library, Hyderabad, Photograph Courtesy Designhaaus

 

Woxsen Library, Hyderabad, Photograph Courtesy Designhaaus

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