Located in Solan district, the Shoolini university lies at the foothills of the Himalayas and is built on a site measuring about 12 acres. Archohm was mandated to design the residential, academic and other ancillary blocks of this university, various challenges included the hilly terrain, the bifurcation of the site by the highway and the existing academic blocks.
Apart from the essential knowledge centre and mess blocks, Archohm designed the residential units for students as well as faculty members. The girls hostel blocks are 'hinged' to each other on the site to form a continuous long strip, to ensure minimum cutting and filling of earth and deforestation. The faculty residences are designed with complete privacy and their sleek proportions magnify the view of the green valley. The mess block serves as a communal space and is kept disparate from the hostel blocks. The terrace of this block can be used as a sports/ recreational area. The core academic blocks have been designed for phased construction, are connected to each other at different levels to create a continuous learning experience. These blocks have a common base, which has exhibition areas and three lecture theaters that can serve as auditoriums. They are punctured by visual and experiential spaces on the ground level, which collect on a large landscaped plaza for students to interact and create a congenial environment for learning.