Centre of Hope
Mixed -Use / Institutional
Completed in 2005
Sreedevi Gopinathan, Nayantara Karnik, Rejeet Mathews, Aadil Salim
Construction Guidance (Brick Vaults)
Adi Parasakthy Engineers (Er. Rajendran)
M/S Joseph Louis & Co. (Er. M. Manimaran)
Cityscape Architectural Review Awards (CARA) 2006. Commended (Public Future Award)
Indian Architect & Builder, 2013
Society Interiors, 2012
Design Today, 2011
Architectural Design (UK), 2008
How does one address the challenge of building a 30,000sft. orphanage and community facility at a cost of Rs.500/sft. and still produce something aesthetically appealing, addressing the harsh climate in Trichy, and with generous accommodation for the various uses? We found that all these requirements had a common solution - the humble brick vault.
In choosing to use this we were able to considerably reduce the amount of steel used, the vaults had a distinct aesthetic impact, the brick (with the broken ceramic tile mosaic over the vaults) helped reduce the heat gain within the building, and the vaults gave us a good dimension to accommodate the classrooms and bedrooms for the children.