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Vidyalankar Reloaded, Mumbai, India 
Thursday 09 Jul 2009
 
Vibrant Vidyalankar 
 
Images copyright of Mrigank Sharma 
 
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18/10/11 Mytravel12, mumbai
This is really very unique concept. Students definitely like this and I am also appreciate for this project. This is really the experiments like this should be encouraged by Educators and Institutes alike. The structure and architecture of this building is also very beautiful and attractive.
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16/07/09 gauhar, mumbai
Heard that the students love it. There is a sense of joy & delight here that cannot be appreciated by overintellectual analysis....One tight slap on the face of those who desire faux greek orders and other sad leftovers from a colonial past. I went to a college that had pretensions of nobility and there are many such in India, this is brave (maybe foolhardy) in indian context...love it or hate it, cannot ignore it..and how did they convince the clients double thumbs up!! Also, occidentals won't get this, this isn't kindergarten chic..the AHA thing is the indian goddess of learning Saraswati and her seat..a lotus! and u kno what else is cool - the village chaupal/square..with the pipal tree and more...
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16/07/09 C L Sharma, New Delhi, INDIA
A unique transformation of an old Industrial Structure in to a place of learning. Experiments like this should be encouraged by Educators and Institutes alike.
14/07/09 Kaye, Abu Dhabi
This is an innovative approach to educational facilities but i would agree with Nayan that the roof had been left out in the process - steel truss and Corrugated G.I. sheets typical of South East Asian Construction.
14/07/09 Ciaran, Alstead
beyond hideous.....where is the world heading?<p>

Not tectonic, not human, not associative, not sustainable
not attractive, not good materials, not good behavior of natural light
not contextual, not good!
14/07/09 Liz Wrigley, Greenwich London
I have been to Mumbai and also to Kolkata, and I formed there the idea of an 'edible' green roof - you grow vegetables and salads in the sky, capturing all the water used on site and recycling it to water your plants, and can then make lovely food to sell to the residents or businessses below.<p>

I know it is technologically possible and all we now want is a sponsor who wants to be eco-friendly and a site where this could work. Your buildings are beautiful but how about having a lovely fretwork roof shading structure and using the roof for growing produce.
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10/07/09 rr iyengar, mumbai
Looks very imposing and intimidating,maybe in the name innovation. Could hace been a litle more simple and utility oriented. Regards.
10/07/09 Nayan, Mumbai
This looks good and g8. But what about the roofs, i saw the pics n it seems to be the only issue. Is there any thing contemporary on that??
 

Editorial

New images show striking flexible learning environment as complete 

From an old industrial structure in Mumbai, to the new centre of learning in the Vidyalankar campus, it would be difficult to imagine a more vibrant transformation than that of the recently completed Vidyalankar Reloaded.

Planet 3 Studios Architecture were unanimously chosen by students and educators to design this 35,000 sq ft space. The story of the design began with the dilemma of a torn decision between demolishing or preserving the existing structure. In a meeting one of the educators keen on preservation scribbled the building out of a photograph with a marker. As the case continued and the decision eventually led to the preservation, the photo was saved as a memento and became the inspiration for Vidyalankar's unique facade.

The result of this incidental moment is a daring and extremely functional facade which provides just that, a new face for Vidyalankar that will elevate the educational facility and ensure a worldwide profile. Appearing almost as though a tiger has ravaged the exterior, a semi-enclosure is created where students can work, rest or play in the shade, the enclosure also functioning to cool the building. Part-mirrored on the outside, the building reflects its surroundings and in turn absorbs the rest of the campus to become its centre.

Not to be confused as a one-trick pony, Vidyalankar Reloaded is as colourful on the inside as it is on the outside. With only the basic shell of the existing industrial building to work with the interior had to be shaped by various enclosures leaving space for creativity in abundance. The program of studies dictated that multiple flexible learning spaces must be created and the building itself was to be used as a resource for the other buildings. In reaction to this flexible units were created and the building was given additional space by the introduction of a mezzanine floor.

"The design language is intentionally indeterminate, almost as a knock on the head to wake students out of mental stasis," say Planet 3 Studios. "A staircase with a railing evoking frayed, open edges of a traditional Indian wicker basket rendered in stainless steel, a slide connecting two levels, game board near the entrance and strategically punctured roof with skylights illuminating the interior corridors, all reiterate the unique nature of this facility."

Niki May Young
News Editor

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