Location: Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh, India
Area: 2050 Sqm
Client: Y U University
Team: Quaid Doongerwala With Tapasya Katta, Tapasi Mittal
Project Duration: 2006 - 2008
The student hostels are designed to house a decisive and memorable phase in a student's life.
The design approach consciously engages with the architectural legacy of Indian Modern Masters - a successful negotiation of tropical climates, creative use of limited resources and a concern with the production of social spaces. Yet it departs from this paradigm significantly in its playful manipulation of form and structure.
The spatial vocabulary evolves out of the dynamic action of modular blocks of rooms; each block "swivels", "scoops", or "slides", and plugs-in to a central public spine The concrete screens, inspired by traditional jalis, add another layer to this ensemble. Common spaces of varying scale thread through entire building knitting together shaded nooks, delicate terraces overlooking the landscape, dramatic overhangs, canopied areas, and multilevel arenas for students to occupy.