AUROBINDO NAVAKRITI SCHOOL

Sri Aurobindo Society

Delhi

2015

12000 sqft

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Through the process of developing the master plan for Sri Aurobindo Society in Delhi, it became apparent that Navakriti, the pre-school for children between 2 to 4 years of age, was in need of urgent infrastructure upgradation - the School had outgrown its existing structures, which had anyway lived their useful life. The School’s philosophy and objectives are based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo. The School's stated vision reads- "Set in the midst of nature, each child gets an opportunity to participate in activities, such as gardening; physical education; art; theatre; puppetry; music as well as language development through exposure to numbers and letters. We believe that every child is born with unique combination of abilities, and the role of education lies in facilitating their discovery."

We proposed a three storey fluid mass to house the school. A gradual transition from built to open spaces through controlled levels of transparency is proposed to create a learning environment that enables the child to engage in a continuous and spontaneous journey of self-discovery. This is in keeping with the Navakriti’s philosophy of intuitive learning. 

We engaged with the teachers and parents’ body through a series of meetings  and workshop where massing and spatial programming were discussed in full detail. 

We also collaborated with Auroville-based sculptor and architect Dharmesh Jadeja to explore the application of alternative low-cost building technologies such as rammed earth construction.

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