Architecture School Complex
Submitted as an entry for a competition organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) for a new building for a private architectural school, the design was conceptualized as a sensitive response to the functional requirements of the brief, budget and urban site, with a definitive functional trajectory, environmental strategies and simple methodology of construction underscoring a refined and poetic, yet pragmatic, state-of-art architectural proposal.
Designed as a city campus conforming to its urban context, the building is self-contained and internally focused. The program is layered vertically maintaining connections and inter dependencies and showcases carefully crafted vibrant and transforming spaces that evolve, where students can explore their true creative potential, confirming the curriculum and ethos of the institution of providing fluidity and flexibility which is key for creativity and innovation in the making of future architects.
At the heart of the campus is the student hub, connected vertically through a triple height void space and fed directly by the circulation spine of the building, creating an informal environment for interaction and encounters. The organizing of the hub is intricate with a series of nooks and corners organically evolving from each of the studio levels to provide ample opportunity for makeshift workspace, peer review and informal academic activity. Though the ground level is dedicated for parking, services and the main lobby, the area is envisaged for greater opportunities: the undulating ceiling, voluminous space and open pavilion-like structure is meant for expressing, exploring and exhibiting, thereby setting the tone for the campus.