Diana Kellogg Architects designs an all-girls school in India.
Diana Kellogg Architects was commissioned by CITTA (anon-profit organization that supports the development of marginalized communities) to build Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls' School in India.
Diana Kellogg Architects was commissioned by CITTA (anon-profit organization that supports the development of marginalized communities) to build Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls' School in India. Diana Kellogg Architects drew inspiration directly from the location using Thar Deserts and stone. They went with the oval shape structure to represent femininity in the all-girls school.
The school will educate 400 girls aged between 5 and 16years old. Students will enjoy an open-air paved courtyard and will not have to worry about the desert’s heat – the courtyard have stone walls that are holed to keep the air flowing, and are high enough to shade the sun especially during the hot months. Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls' School is made of 10 classrooms that have openings in the walls (as a ventilation system and for natural lighting). What’s striking about the building is the blue mosaic tile that creates this beautiful contrast with the desert’s sand.
Kellogg explained: "I wanted to make a building about space and light and community and not about design – a structure that resonated with the soul and enforced the natural energies to nurture and heal the women and girls. ".Indeed, the building focuses on the nurturing the energies of both humans and nature. Rainwater is recycled with water harvesting systems built in the institution. And in order to generate energy for lighting and fans the studio incorporated solar panels on the roof.
More buildings are to be designed by the New York based studio next.
- date publishedJune 15, 2021
- original sourceDezeen