PREFAB # MODULAR # CONCRETE :: kindergarten by Khosla Associates (Bangalore, india)

“Since the model was to be potentially replicated across several schools in South India, we were asked to create a simple and cost effective language that could be adapted easily to different site conditions and slightly varying programs.(…) The goals was achieved  by creating an efficient modular system that we could use as building blocks. We looked at the basic module of a 700 sft classroom (35ft x 20 ft.) that could be repeated horizontally, or stacked one atop the other.” From the architect : http://www.khoslaassociates.com/ http://www.world-architects.com/en/khosla-associates/projects-3/dps_kindergarten_school-41862 _ Photography is by Shamanth Patil J. More :: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/10/18/dps-kindergarten-school-by-khosla-associates/

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The primary challenge was to design and complete construction of the first 35,000 sft. Kindergarten block within a 6-month time span at an efficient cost of Rs.1200/sft (USD $20/sft). The efficiencies of designing and constructing a building so rapidly had to be balanced with what we believed in; creating a warm, playful and welcoming environment for these young children that would be filled with natural light and ventilation.

We set out to achieve our goal by creating an efficient modular system that we could use as building blocks. We looked at the basic module of a 700 sft classroom (35ft x 20 ft.) that could be repeated horizontally, or stacked one atop the other.  The classrooms on either side flank an 8ft wide single loaded corridor and open up to a central open- to-sky courtyard.

The simplicity of the repetitive exposed concrete structure is what eventually dictated the design outcome as we added flexible layers onto it. We added a corrugated metal wall on all corridors, which would serve a dual purpose; facilitate speed of construction and be durable for the wear and tear school corridors usually take.

The corrugated sheets also gave us the opportunity to play with pattern and use tropical colours typical of the vernacular architecture of the region.” (…)

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