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- Architects: Sameep Padora & Associates
- Location: Kopargaon, Maharashtra, India
- Design Team: Vami Seth Koticha, Archita Banerjee, Manasi Punde, Aparna Dhareshwar
- Area: 575.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Edmund Sumner
- Structural Engineering: Foundation Design: Sameer Sawant
- Superstructure: Rhino Vault, Vivek Garg
- Contractor: Unique Concrete / Rajesh Murkar, Milind Naik
- Site Supervision: Zubair Kachawa
- Client: Somaiya Vidyavihar
- Site Area: 3 acres
Text description provided by the architects. The site chosen for this small addition of a children’s library within a school in rural Maharashtra, was a sliver between existing buildings and the school boundary, a site that almost implied a linear building footprint to adjust the program for the chosen site. Alluding to the impetus that children have towards landscape over a building we imagined the library building to be a formal extension of the ground plane. A place inside for study and a place
The library lies at the intersection of a student’s daily routine it became a pavilion accessed from multiple sides with students potentially engaging with books while traversing through the library or over it.
The library interior has varied spatial & seating systems, a floor stool system towards the edges for a more intimate study area and towards the centre, tables and stools for collaborative study. The self-structured window bays are striated profiles for increased stability with economical window section sizes.
The construction technology for the project also makes a case to reexamine the age-old binaries of the global and local as being in opposition. The regional or the local within the South Asian paradigm typically manifests within strict formal constraints of the style in memory. This is often at the expense of material efficiencies.
Our effort to search for a material and construction efficiency in brick tile looked to leverage the networks of knowledge that our practices are situated in, allowing us to enrich the regional or local through the extended capacities of the global.In using principles ranging from the Catalan Tile Vaulting sytem to the compression ring detail from the work of Eladio Dieste in Uruguay, to using a form finding software plug -in made in Switzerland the library is a resultant of not only lessons learnt from various geographic locations but also various lessons through time/history.