Robert Verrijt + Shefali BalwaniSize -
300 sq.m.Program -
dorm rooms, canteen, recreation roomClient -
A combination of natural and local materials with state of the art technologies and materials used in this dormitory for the staff at the Magic Bus Campus portrays a new construction idiom – an expression of contemporary sustainable architecture. A unique structural cage of bamboo columns wraps around the dormitory, creating a dialogue between the interior and the dramatically changing landscape.
The design of the dormitory derives its typology from a colonial missionary bungalow. This typology native to the Indian Bengali region and transformed by the British, responds to the local climate by its large shaded verandas promoting ample ventilated spaces.
A staircase cutting through the building mass breaks up the passage on the ground floor. This cut in the building frames the exterior beyond, creating interplay between inside and outside. Public circulation and verandahs occupy the interstitial spaces between the external bamboo columns and the internal mass. Bamboo, being the fastest growing grass in the world, is a high yielding renewable material resource.
The large covered verandahs and the relatively narrow width of the building envelope allow for comfortably ventilated and shaded semi-indoor spaces. With invaluable inputs from engineer Vilas Gore of GeoScience Services, innovative technologies and methods are used in order to reduce the amount of non-renewable materials throughout the building.