KNOW THE PAST / CHALLENGE THE PRESENT / CREATE THE FUTURE DESIGN AND INNOVATİON ACADEMY, AHMADABAD-INDIA
The project aims to cope with warm weather, water stress, air pollution and the caste system which are major problems for India, Ahmedabad, and the site. Being located underground, it aims to irrigate the unconfined aquifer by rainwater harvesting and having a high percentage of transmittance through recharge pits. Doing so, water stress in the future is planned to be reduced. Sunken courtyard prevents overflow risk in the wet season and creates a microclimatic effect to be protected from air pollution and heat. Also, being underground creates a set of self-shading spaces. Vertical opening parts are a combination of ‘badgir’ and lightwell. Being in the main wind direction and having collected water inside, they clean and circulate the air. They also provide daylight through translucent surfaces to the spaces. In the accommodation units, extra water collected from the roof level is accumulated to be used in the wet cores. Their gray water is filtered and given to the main courtyard. Building/ramp forms eases the lives of disabled people and creates fluid circulation and various types of spaces underneath. Repetitive spaces are recreation to the social structure.
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