Society for Technology and Development

Best Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
A workshop area for 70 students, dining facility, smaller classrooms for training, library, offices and open areas were proposed for an NGO that holds training facilities for rural agricultural product development. The building proposed was designed using COMPRESSED EARTH BLOCKS. Also, the design was such that all the soil excavated could be used for the infill walls of the building. The building structure was proposed as a column-beam structure due to large spans and high occurrence of earthquakes in the area.
The design concept was to respond to the existing structures on site and complement them. The form of the new building responded to the hostel block next to it and created a homogenous interstitial space.
The sharp drop in contours were also used to create a stepped building and a naturally occurring amphitheatre becoming the focal point of this building, creating an open space for discourse and discussion.

Nagwain, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Applicant and authors of the project
Forum Architecture: Jensil John, Suparna Ghosh, Maulshri Mehta