Adharshila Vatika childrens' centre wins second award for colour and form
Spaces Architects, India, have won a Merit Award in the DESIGNSHARE Awards 2008 and are the only Asian firm to have achieved the 'merit' accolade for 2008.
Adharshila Vatika is a redesign of an existing facility where the emphasis of the design was to maintain the functional requirements and the character by retaining the elevation. The original two stories were placed in the middle of the site where all rooms should have natural ventilation. The plans were kept as simple as possible with one simple corridor connecting all the spaces over looking the central courtyard. An environment to be created inside which transforms into children’s space, one with which they can identify with, the areas & space they can easily remember and move around. The building plan worked on a hexagonal shape enclosing an open courtyard acts as a secured space for children’s to play.
The building elevation was derived using basic primary forms of circles, triangles and squares and had to differ from castle shaped or fairly tale exterior to give it a raw outlook.
The use of colours and forms used in the exterior was similarly reflected in the interior spaces. Foremost in the execution of the building and selection of materials or colors was not to loose the character of the building which it was meant for (an apprehension from client that it should not look like a mall). The landscape was also an important aspect of design with transition between two spaces achieved by materials and their colours.