Spa Bhopal speaks for a productive learning environment integrating exterior with interior spaces
Bhopal is a city of lakes, tradition and simplicity. The conceptual design, based on predefined zoning, stresses on establishing an architectural vocabulary for the campus and in small ways through elemental design, symbolic of the gorgeous city of Bhopal. An institute designed for budding designers and then the maestros are the inner soul of the complex. The inner soul needs a shell. Shell and soul belong to each other and to themselves. The built forms developed from climatic factors forms a shell for its soul providing them with spaces to imagine, innovate, learn and be inspired.
Construction using concrete and steel structures and façade treatment of exposed concrete, glass and jaafri allow for low cost and speedy implementation. Repetitive models have been designed keeping in mind the need for future expansion. Keeping in mind the soil conditions and site contours, the academic built form has been deliberately designed along a linear axis with a ‘design street’ - central promenade around which the blocks would be built. The promenade, with landscape elements at different level becomes the focal part in the design of the academic block. A boat placed in the water bodies acts as a design element symbolic of the city of Bhopal around a lake.
Designers can’t be restricted to time or space. The promenade gives them the freedom to sit, walk, create and imagine at leisure and find their own comfort zone. The jaafri clad blocks allows a visual connection from the inside to the activities taking place outside. The different coloured jaafris casting shadows on the solid surfaces in interesting patterns liven up the entire space making it a very dynamic and animated spatial experience. All major areas of the academic block are designed to face north-south direction. Solid concrete massing on the west side protects the interiors from harsh direct sunlight. Concrete canopies on the roof which hold together the steel structure act as partial sun breakers. They allow natural light to filter in through the actual roof. Apart from the functional aspect these concrete holders also enhance the visual impact the built form creates.