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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India-302019 |Practicing since: June 15, 2011
Tsast Altai - Cool School Competition, Institutional-School
The school is situated to the north in the Khovd capital at the foot of the Mongol Altai Mountains and just east of the Buyant River. The area is characterised by a cold desert climate with long, dry winters, short warm summers and minimal precipitation. Designing a building in extreme temperatures ranging from -45 and +20 encourages the integration of function, structure and details to withstand these harsh conditions.
INTRODUCTION & CONCEPT
CONCEPT Conceptually the design takes inspiration from the local shrub/plant of Mongolia - ‘hippophae rhamnoides’, which bears flowers in April that marks the coming of spring and bears fruits in the months between September and October. The plant is known for its tolerance for maritime exposure and its tolerance to drought as such, its root system is elaborate and absorbs moisture from the ground vigorously. The fruits have and elaborate list of uses from being a source of nutrition to treating burns. It has various medicinal and cosmetic uses as well. The versatility of this plant even though vastly unknown to the world, is used by the locals extensively. Furthering the theme of ‘hippophae rhamnoides’ into planning of the new school, the multipurpose hall for indoor physical education act as the petiole of the leave to integrate spatial utilisation between the existing school and the new building proposal. The two new classrooms are then placed in the midpoint axis to optimise the potential of passive design by maximising daylight harvesting as well as encapsulating heat from solar exposure during winter when sun position in the sky is considerably much lower. The APEX of the building, which is strategically positioned at the main circulation access of the school, encompasses a sheltered performance that tappers into a wall of the school display board of students’ work and motivational statements to encourage students who travelled the distance for education. Furthermore, the curved form of the building cradles the open courtyard with rows of landscape seating to create a tranquil space between the two buildings that will be the activated heart during warmer summer months for students and their parents to enjoy the performance and other outdoors activities.
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS True to the statement of architectural and material integration, building materials proposed for the cool school incorporate a low embodied carbon construction by utilising rammed earth spine wall as the primary artery with veins being the divisional element which are straw bale walls. The rammed earth wall is a living entity of the design, which breathes each day by regulating indoor temperature and humidity to human comfort levels.
Maximizing Sunlight Exposure via simulation data gathering and accounting.
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