An Urban Oasis

page64image20399232PROJECT: Ambedkar University, Rohini, Delhi

ARCHITECTS: Sikka Associates Architects

This competition winning design proposal responds to the site by creating an urban oasis for the students, amongst a plethora of multi- storeyed buildings around the site. The project is situated on an 18-acre site divided in two land parcels by a city road. The master plan creates a linear green which runs along the central space of both sites, thus allowing the entire site periphery to have buildings which can adjoin and overlook the central greens.

The green space is not only a common view from the campus buildings but also students anywhere in the campus greens are able to see their own campus only with the university buildings hiding the view of residential and other buildings outside the site. The campus thus feels like an urban oasis and gives a large and contiguous sense of green space – comparable to much larger developments typically possible only outside cities.

The two sites are linked together seamlessly by a wide pedestrian subway, foot over bridge and landscaped deck under the city road. Opportunities to enjoy open views and landscape from the upper levels are also planned with the roof of the central library hosting an elevated and landscaped student plaza surrounded by the academic blocks.

The buildings respond to an ever-changing educational scenario by planning multipurpose spaces for classroom, laboratories, workshops, etc, which could always switch roles between different vocations and curriculums. The campus is thus a harbinger of trends for compact urban campuses, which need to be both efficient and flexible in space planning.

Factfile

Site area: 18 acres

Built-up area: 2,19,706sq m

Year of completion: 2023