Maya Somaiya Library Sharda School, Kopergaon Building, Maharashtra Architecture Photos

Maya Somaiya Library, Kopergaon

25 Oct 2020

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School Building

Design: Sameep Padora & Associates

Location: Sharda School, Kopergaon, Maharashtra, India

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

Photos by Edmund Sumner

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School, by Sameep Padora & Associates

The site chosen for this small addition of a children’s library within a school in rural Maharashtra, was a sliver between existing buildings and the school boundary, a site that almost implied a linear building footprint to adjust the program for the chosen site.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

Alluding to the impetus that children have towards landscape over a building we imagined the library building to be a formal extension of the ground plane. A place inside for study and a place above for play. With the limited teaching resources available in the larger vicinity we needed the inspiring spatial experience to be a magnet to attract students and hopefully other residents from the nearby settlements after school hours.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

On our first visit to the site it was interesting to see Geodesic structures built by an engineer for a few of the school buildings, we were somewhat encouraged by this to pursue a project that followed from a construction intelligence. We hence parsed through several possible material configurations ranging from concrete shells to brick vaults for building this ‘architectural landscape’.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

At this point we were captivated by the material efficiencies of the Catalan tile vault from the 16th century, it’s use by Gustavino in the early 19th century and finally the incredible details from the work of Eladio Dieste from the mid-twentieth century. While working with the specific site condition we used Rhino Vault developed by the Block Research Group at the ETH to articulate a pure compression form for the project.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

The library lies at the intersection of a student’s daily routine it became a pavilion accessed from multiple sides with students potentially engaging with books while traversing through the library or over it.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

The library interior has varied spatial & seating systems, a floor stool system towards the edges for a more intimate study area and towards the centre, tables and stools for collaborative study. The self-structured window bays are striated profiles for increased stability with economical window section sizes.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

The construction technology for the project also makes a case to reexamine the age-old binaries of the global and local as being in opposition. The regional or the local within the South Asian paradigm typically manifests within strict formal constraints of the style in memory. This is often at the expense of material efficiencies.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

Our effort to search for a material and construction efficiency in brick tile looked to leverage the networks of knowledge that our practices are situated in, allowing us to enrich the regional or local through the extended capacities of the global.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

In using principles ranging from the Catalan Tile Vaulting sytem to the compression ring detail from the work of Eladio Dieste in Uruguay, to using a form finding software plug -in made in Switzerland the library is a resultant of not only lessons learnt from various geographic locations but also various lessons through time/history.

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

Maya Somaiya Library Sharda School – Building Information

Name and site of the project:
Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School, Kopergaon, Maharashtra, India

Architects:
Sameep Padora & Associates

Design team:
Vami Seth Koticha, Archita Banerjee, Manasi Punde, Aparna Dhareshwar

Structural engineering
Foundation Design: Sameer Sawant
Superstructure: Rhino Vault, Vivek Garg

Contractor
Unique Concrete : Rajesh Murkar, Milind Naik

Site Supervision
Zubair Kachawa,

Client
Somaiya Vidyavihar

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building

Site area
3 acres

Total floor area
5750 square feet

Design phase May 2014 – November 2015

Construction phase
August 2017- May 2018

Materials
Super Structure: 20mm thick Brick Tile
Flooring: Kota Stone
Windows: Aluminium, Wood, Glass
Furniture: Pre-laminated Wood Ply

Mock Up construction photos:
Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building construction

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building construction

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building construction

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School building construction

Photographs: Edmund Sumner

Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School images / information received 251020 from Urbanscape Architects

Location: Kopergaon in Maharashtra, India, South Asia

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