Thiruchendur is a panchayat town at the southern tip of India, in Thoothukudi district in the state of Tamil Nadu. An epic composed in the seventeenth century and known as Kandapuram relates that Muruga (Sri Karthikeya) killed Surapadman, a demon, in this place. The town is famous for several educational institutions of the Dr. Sivanthi Aditanar Group and their Nursing College is set on a 17 acre campus and will become a part of a proposed medical college.
The orientation of the nursing college building at a latitude of 8.5'N, was modeled to direct natural light to the classrooms while shielding the naturally ventilated insides from heat and glare of the year long sun. Wind tunnels direct the ocean's draft from the Laccadive Sea through lofts punched out of the facade.
The twin axes of the building set off at right angles to each other envelop courtyards and open spaces between them. These are landscaped with hardy native plants and the courtyards liven up the doubly loaded corridors of classrooms and laboratories.
Plastered masonry and cladded walls on a horizontally emphatic building form provide the rhythm and cadence.
The program of closed and partially open spaces to enable learning in formal classrooms with ample scope for informal learning sessions in landscaped enclosures, is the design intent .