Nokha Garden Library

Best Design Project for Library

About the project
Interlocked curvilinear volumes spiral asymmetrically creating a children's library and a community space for villagers in a small village Nokha in Rajasthan, India.
A gradually sloping roof garden accessible as an open space rises up eccentrically to form a children’s library towards the north west corner. Simultaneously a larger series of curvilinear steps descend to form a subterranean open auditorium & community space.
In response to the hot desert climate of Rajasthan the southern side is protected by an earth berm with the library & open auditorium towards the northern side of the site.
Within this small site of 3600 sqm an enclosed space of only 180 sqm for the library, the design creates multiple community spaces which are protected from the harsh desert climate by the way they are configured and allow numerous ways for people to engage in various activities.
This project is designed to provide facilities to underprivileged village children.

 Nokha, Rajasthan, India

Project design year

Applicant and authors of the project
Sanjay Puri Architects.
Sanjay Puri graduated in 1988 from the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. He commenced his firm Sanjay Puri Architects in 1992. The firm has won over 360 awards including 246 International Architecture Awards.
Sanjay has been on the jury of the World Architecture Festival since 2010 . He has also been on the jury in The Plan Awards, Italy, The Inde Awards, Australia, The Dezeen Awards, UK, The Architizer A+ Awards New York & The Architectural Review Awards, UK.

Status of the project
Under construction