设计单位 Studio Saar
Studio Saar has unveiled its designs for a learning and cultural centre in Udaipur, Rajastan, for not-for- profit client Dharohar, which runs science related workshops, programmes and projects in schools and public spaces. Third Space: The Haveli of Curiosity will be a home for learning and exploration for all ages and will house leisure, cultural and educational programmes, providing world class facilities for formal and informal learning, socialising and performing arts.
With an ambition to take its work beyond the classroom and into public spaces, Dharohar worked with Studio Saar to develop Third Space Mini; a 1,700 sq ft space in a shopping mall, where the team tested out various activities and held co-creation workshops with target audiences to inform and refine the brief for a physical building.
Following the success of the prototype, Studio Saar was appointed to design a high-quality centre that could support the important work that Dharohar does by becoming a crucial extension to its schools’ programmes, help to nurture its employees and encourage its team to inspire visitors, while enabling it to increase the scale of its work to build multi-generational communities of learners.
The proposed scheme is designed as a ‘third space’ for young people; an environment without boundaries or hierarchy which will not be the ‘school’ or the ‘home’, where they will be able to explore their interests and engage in diverse, hands-on activities to better understand more about the world and their place in it. With the aim of providing facilities that are not otherwise accessible to many local children, the centre will offer a broad range of activities, workshops and laboratories, a theatre for film screenings and talks and will also house a café, shop and store. Once open, it will host up to a 2,000 visitors a day and will also accommodate the needs and interests of accompanying adults.
Openness, accessibility, and inclusivity are the overarching ambitions for the centre and through careful detailing the architecture will push to foster these characteristics. The outcome is set to be the provision of a free, unrestricted space which will enable a sense of curiosity, creativity and community between visitors and staff alike, catering for diverse visitor groups. The building will reflect its purpose and spirit in its internal spaces as well as in its external appearance and structure.
The proposal draws inspiration from traditional havelis where spaces are organised around a central courtyard. This courtyard will be surrounded by cloisters that will be kept cool through extensive use of thermal mass.
Internally, the positioning of trees will be reminiscent of the trees found in traditional urban Indian contexts and will act as wayfinding for visitors. The formal arrangement of projecting gokhada on the building envelope will draw people to the building edge and provide small, playful cantilevered rooms for reading, meeting and relaxing.
Celebrating the ancient technologies of Rajasthan, historical elements will be reinterpreted in a contemporary way using modern methods of fabrication and the efficient use of local materials will reduce embodied carbon caused by transport.
Local white marble will be water-jet cut to create jali ventilation screens and projecting wind catchers, creating an external aesthetic deeply rooted to its context, while an evaporative cooling tower will passively cool internal spaces. Marble off-cuts will be used to create floor tiles and will also be used in the masonry wall on the ground floor while waste marble dust will be used to reduce cement and sand content in the concrete mix resulting in a whiter finish.
The roof top garden and play spaces will be shaded with a tensile fabric and steel system, limiting the use of concrete in the building, and a white colour palette to help to reflect the sun’s heat. This efficient use of material creates a playful sustainable detail that symbolises the centre’s ethos to “live curious”.
Third Space is not intended to be a building in isolation, its activities, programmes and curriculum will be connected to 50 hectares of reforested jungle, located on the other side of the road. This integration will provide deep-rooted opportunities to learn about nature, to monitor flora and fauna and most importantly connect the community with the ecosystem that sustains them.
Studio Saar的Jonny Buckland表示：“迄今为止，第三空间的设计工作是一个令人难以置信、兴奋且有价值的旅程。我们在设计的各个阶段与客户紧密合作，开发出一个能够吸引游客和员工的空间。我们从拉贾斯坦邦的建筑遗产中汲取灵感，并自由地对其进行想象，这是一件令人高兴的事情。对我们来说，一个关键性的挑战是如何解释这项复杂的任务，并将多种用途的空间组合成一个单一且连贯的建筑。”
Jonny Buckland of Studio Saar says: “Working on Third Space has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding journey so far. We’ve worked closely with the client at all stages of the design process to develop a space that will appeal to visitors and staff alike. It was a joy to draw inspiration from architectural heritage of Rajasthan and have the freedom to reimagine it. A key challenge for us was interpreting this complex brief and being able to bind the multiple uses into a single coherent building.”
Date: On Site
HVAC Consultants: Anjaria & Associates
Structural Engineers: Ami Engineers