Group Phi complete first military school for girls in India
The city of Pune is fast developing its excellent education systems. Owing to the ever increasing need for military education, the Indian government instructed the construction of military schools at ten districts of Maharashtra. This is the first military school for girls in India.
An initial survey was done to absorb all the suggestions made by the students & the staff, as they are the ultimate users. Some case-studies of the boarding school in & around Pune city for hilly areas of Panchagany were also carried out.
The main aims and objectives outlined in the brief were to create a student friendly atmosphere with a military touch to accommodate sufficient staff structure for 720 students, (teaching & non teaching) and provide space for their activities whilst identifying problems faced by the facility's users and addressing detailed requirements for the campus, including provision of academic, administration, sports & recreation facilities. Sustainability was also a key issue, and the architects worked carefully to study the existing topography and vegetation on the site and maximise natural resources like water, stone & recycling of waste water, creating merging landforms transformed into landscape features, with indoor & outdoor activities.
Group Phi's approach was to design an environment conducive to military training of girls and yet create a second home for them, and provide a facility that accentuates the ambience of spaces created by the architectural design.
The South side of the School building is lower ground floor, upper ground floor and first floor, while the North side is upper ground floor and first floor, according to the site contours. The roof projection of 750 mm ensures proper protection to the windows on the first floor, whilst the hierarchy of the classrooms is maintained as "Lower Standard" classes on the lower ground floor & "Higher Standard" classes on the first, along with the laboratories.
The courtyards are covered with Polycarbonate sheets, protecting the corridors & courts from the heavy rainfall and ensuring the entry of natural light into the structure. The pockets created in the corridor between the classrooms ensure proper cross ventilation, and the same material vocabulary is maintained throughout the campus using uncoursed rubble masonry, with grooves at every 4’ height. The symbolic emblem of the School has been incorporated in the flooring layout at the entrance foyer, and the use of natural materials throught the structure and wide corridors help in making the users feel closer to nature and improve free circulation of the students.