John McAslan + Partners’ Indian nursing institute starts on site
Construction is now underway on the Indian Institute of Advanced Nursing (IIAN) in Chennai, India - a comprehensive training facility specialised in the field of HIV prevention and care. Designed by John McAslan + Partners for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the IIAN will be the first educational facility of its type in the country and aims to train 15,000 nurses over the next two years to treat the 2.31 million people currently living with HIV in India.
Comprised of two buildings - The Institute for teaching and The Hostel for student accommodation - the IIAN is spread over a five acre site, dotted with indigenous plants and local trees with medicinal properties. These structures are both anchored by individual courtyards and arranged around a collegiate square, with landscaping - also designed by JMP - connecting the campus with the local community.
Responding to the humid local climatic conditions, the project implements passive design strategies to regulate internal conditions and create comfortable working and residential spaces. The two main buildings incorporate a heavy external skin and make use of reflective materials that protect the internal environments from receiving direct solar gain. The buildings have also been orientated along the east-west axis, allowing the south and north sides to be shaded effectively.