Prestige University in Indore, India / Sanjay Puri Architects

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Situated within a 32-acre university campus, the main administration offices, along with an auditorium, seminar halls, library & cafeteria, form the functions of this building.

As opposed to creating an imposing edifice, the building gradually steps up from the approach direction belying its 20 metre height. Stepped up from the northern direction, the entire terrace of the 4 level building is accessible to the students & faculty of the university, transferring into an open auditorium amidst the landscape.

The multiple functional spaces within are interspersed, with naturally lit landscaped courtyards allowing indirect light to infuse the internal volumes at each level.

The north lighting & courtyards are imbibed from traditional Indian architecture, creating an energy-efficient sustainable building with minimal dependence on artificial lighting and air conditioning. This is in response to the climate of the city that varies from 30°C to 40°C for 8 months of the year.

Varied sectional volumes punctuated by landscape create different experiences in each part of the building. A continuous diagonal indoor street, in addition to the numerous open courts, facilitate natural ventilation within the internal spaces.

Technical sheet

Client: Prestige Education Society
Location: Indore, India
Gross Floor Area: 2,50,000 SQ.FT
Principal Architect: Sanjay Puri
Design Team: Sanjay Puri, Ruchika Gupta, Suzanna Machado, Omkar Rane, Devendra Duggad