Nalanda University

Rajgir, Bihar

with Allies & Morrison, UK

Client

Nalanda University

Project Type

Invited Competition/Campus Masterplan

Status

Submitted in 2013

 

Project Team

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

 

Landscape Architect

Aniket Bhagwat

Sustainability Consultant

Atelier Ten, UK

 

Published:

architexturez.net

 

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/

 

 

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