School under a Neem, Rajkot
The extension block at Dr Dhaval Rajnikant Mehta Primary School is a modern interpretation of the age-old Indian tradition of gaining knowledge under a tree. Located in the industrial settlement of Shapar, the school serves the children of daily wage factory workers. Many of these children would otherwise have to quit school to help support their families.
The extension block is a simple, two-story building with three classrooms on each floor. The ground floor is currently being used as a prayer hall, but could be converted into more classrooms in the future. The building’s openings are designed to frame the surrounding trees and bring natural light into the classrooms.
The exterior of the building is clad in an earthy tone, with white walls and grey accents. The door and window frames are painted in primary colors, which add a touch of playfulness to the design. The small circular opening at the end of the corridor on the top floor encircles the neem tree, which is a symbol of knowledge and wisdom in India.
The interior of the classrooms is bright and airy, with large windows that let in plenty of natural light. The walls are painted in a soft yellow color, which creates a calming and inviting atmosphere. The floors are covered in a durable terrazzo tile, which is easy to clean and maintain.
It is a symbol of hope for the children of Shapar. It is a place where they can learn and grow, surrounded by nature and playful spaces. It is a place where they can build their futures.
Project Area:2750 sq ft
September 5, 2023