Nalanda University

Rajgir, Bihar

with Allies & Morrison, UK


Nalanda University

Project Type

Invited Competition/Campus Masterplan


Submitted in 2013


Project Team

Kiran Kumar, Arul Tippabattuni, Ananya Ramesh, Rahul Srikrishna, Manoj Madhu


Landscape Architect

Aniket Bhagwat

Sustainability Consultant

Atelier Ten, UK





Our masterplan proposal for Nalanda University seeks to make the University both practical and memorable: Practical in the construction of simple, straightforward and flexible buildings; and memorable not because the buildings are iconic architectural statements, but because the spaces between them are interesting, rewarding and legible. Set in a relatively remote location, the network of these spaces reflects the plan of a town in order to give it the DNA to become a great academic community.


A comfortable series of interlinked spaces provide an urban pattern with a relaxed permeability and a clear hierarchy. A series of pedestrian routes link every building and lead directly to a primary street in which the major university activities are located. This spine is anchored, at one end, by the library and at the other by a museum, auditorium and temple.

The central spine is conceived as a busy pedestrian street – its east-west alignment running parallel to the distant topography of an escarpment to the north, a dramatic landscape backdrop to the campus. The masterplan reflects the university’s sustainability aspirations for energy use, emissions, waste and water use.


from www.alliesandmorrison.com/project/nalanda-university/