Lilavati Lalbhai Library CEPT University Ahmedabad, Gujarat Higher Education Building, Indian Architecture Photos

Lilavati Lalbhai Library CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

3 June 2022

Location: CEPT University, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, University Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, western India

Architect: RMA Architects / Rahul Mehrotra

View of the louvred façade:
Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Photos Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Dinesh Mehta (photographer)

Lilavati Lalbhai Library CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

The library acts as a living case study of passive climate mitigation strategies, high on the teaching agenda at CEPT University (formerly Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology).

Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Its materials respect those of the campus’s existing buildings, and placing three of its six storeys underground keeps it within their height datum.

View of the reading carrels protruding into the subterranean courtyard:
Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Centrally located, it has separate and equal entrances on each side.

View of the brick and concrete building with its operable wood louvers at night:
Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Complete with an operating manual for students, its modulated, louvred façades can be manually adjusted to admit less light or more ventilation.

Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

First-floor reading rooms overlook the campus.

The library offers different study areas:
Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Below-ground book stacks, carrels and study spaces benefit from plentiful natural lighting via the louvred façade and subterranean courtyard, as well as the natural cooling effect of the surrounding earth.

Reading rooms straddle at many levels:
Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India – Building Information

Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Award Cycle: 2020-2022 Cycle
Status: Shortlisted

Light pours in from above into the third basement study area:

Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India

Location: Ahmedabad, India
Client: CEPT University
Architect: RMA Architects / Rahul Mehrotra
Completed: 2017
Country of origin: India

Photographs: Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Dinesh Mehta (photographer)

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Lilavati Lalbhai Library at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India images / information received 020622 from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture – AKAA

Address: Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, University Rd, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009, India
Phone: +91 79 2630 2470

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, western coast of India, South Asia

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