MANSI is an artful school, that has beautiful views, grounds, and contain “home-felt” spaces with excellent ventilation. In no case, school look’s like a place of confinement. Students here are not only involved in routinely manual work but also have ample opportunity for pleasures such as music, lectures, parties, carriage rides, a library, reading and worship, and excursions.
This school is - an inviolable refuge, a retreat, a protective shelter, a place to escape from the causes of insanity. The insane cannot be usually healed at home and school is the proper places for the insane. Removal of an individual from his city or town to the school is for the purpose of treatment, not for custodial care.
Students are not only the beneficiaries of the environment and activities provided by the superintendent but also gain from exposure to other students.
Class rooms are the spaces where children will be learning their way out of limitations and be self dependent. Four classroom are arranged in a way that they form a courtyard in between, creating visual connection yet separated with open green patch and trees. Each classroom is designed around trees, ending up forming two spill over spaces with trees. Also a small, dark and cosy silent space is provided for each classroom, where child will be isolated in order to find herself within and be calm and comfortable.
Dormitories are designed in group of 4 with individual courtyards and central bigger courtyard with amphitheatre, which collects rainwater and harvest it below. Each dormitory is designed around trees, ending up forming 3 spill over spaces with trees. Each dormitories consists of 12 girls with one care taker, which makes total occupancy of 48 girls in the school.
Following the principle of cutting no trees, the Kitchen - Dining space turns out to have a form of alphabet ‘S’, consisting of 5 courtyard with trees. Individual curves form kitchen and dining space. The design is such that it provide large enough storage space.
Location: Bidada, IN
My Role: Project Architect