Desert Dreams: Nokha Village Community Centre

Project Highlights

Location: Silwa-Mulwas, Nokha, Rajasthan, India
Client Name: Padam Interiors
Site Address: Mulwas , Silwa, Nokha, Bikaner, 334803, Rajasthan, India
Start Date: April 2022

Completion Date: February 2024
Gross Floor Area: 13000 SQ.FT
Architect: Sanjay Puri Architects
Lead Architect: Mr. Sanjay Puri

Associate Architects: Omkar Rane, Madhavi Belsare
Design Team: Arjun Gupta
Interior Design Consultant: Sanjay Puri Architects
Structure Consultant: Vijaytech Consultants Pvt. Ltd

Landscape Design: Sanjay Puri Architects
Main Contractor: Jagram Suthar
Photo credits: Mr. Vinay Punjwani

Tucked amidst the golden sands of Rajasthan, the Nokha Village Community Centre emerges as a beacon of hope and connectivity for the 144 villages dotting the Nokha district. Commissioned by Padam Interiors as a heartfelt tribute to their late father, Padmaramji Kularia, this architectural marvel transcends mere bricks and mortar, embodying the spirit of community and tradition.

A Tribute to Tradition: The Vision Behind Nokha Village Community Centre

In the heart of the desert, where every grain of sand holds centuries of history, the Nokha Village Community Centre stands as a testament to cultural preservation. The project’s inception was fueled by a desire to honor Padmaramji Kularia’s legacy while addressing the communal needs of the region. Spanning 13,000 square feet, this visionary endeavor is not merely a building but a living memorial, weaving together the threads of tradition and modernity.

Designing for Desert Life: Innovative Features of the Community Centre

Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the architectural team at Sanjay Puri Architects embarked on a journey of innovation and creativity. The striking curvilinear design of the centre mirrors the undulating dunes, creating a harmonious blend of form and function. The centerpiece of the structure is a spiraling garden, offering respite from the scorching desert sun and panoramic views of the arid terrain. Natural sandstone screens, a nod to Rajasthan’s architectural heritage, adorn the library, casting mesmerizing shadow patterns and reducing heat gain.

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Sustainability in Action: Eco-Friendly Initiatives

In a region where every drop of water is precious, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a way of life. The Nokha Village Community Centre leads by example, incorporating a myriad of eco-friendly initiatives to minimize its environmental footprint. Rainwater harvesting and water recycling systems ensure that every droplet is utilized efficiently, while locally sourced materials and skilled craftsmen celebrate the rich craftsmanship of Rajasthan. From the grass-covered earth berm that mitigates heat gain to the energy-efficient design that maximizes natural light, every aspect of the centre is a testament to sustainable living.

Community Impact: Empowering Villages Through Architecture

Beyond its architectural prowess, the Nokha Village Community Centre serves as a catalyst for social change and empowerment. With a focus on inclusivity, the centre caters to individuals of all ages, offering a space for education, recreation, and cultural exchange. The library, equipped with a digital collection, bridges the gap in educational resources, providing village schools with access to knowledge and information. Meanwhile, the amphitheater serves as a vibrant hub for community gatherings, fostering dialogue, and camaraderie.

In conclusion, the Nokha Village Community Centre transcends its physical boundaries, embodying the spirit of resilience, innovation, and community. As the sun sets over the desert horizon, casting a warm glow upon its sandstone façade, one thing becomes abundantly clear—this oasis in the desert is not just a building; it’s a beacon of hope, a testament to the transformative power of architecture.

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