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Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies – SIMS India – design by CCBA Architects

29 Apr 2010

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies

Location: Lonavla, Pune

Architects: CCBA

The Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies (SIMS) near Mumbai is world class green campus for pre-sea and post-sea studies. Like ships floating upon a vast undulating sea, the sculpturesque buildings appear to float on the grass lawns. Steel and glass were employed to give the cadets a taste of sea life where existence is in a machine called a ship!

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Energy efficiency begins to walk sthe talk with the campus producing 90 KW of energy through its photovoltaic panels, which lend unique character to facades whose appearance is driven by efficiency and not fashions! Photovoltaic cells, both translucent and opaque, became modern-day Indian ‘jaalis,’ allowing in natural light while blocking heat via the three hundred feet long photovoltaic solar wall in the Maritime Workshop.

The Administration Building cleverly exploits northern light through its wavy glass atrium wall, while generating electricity through the grand photovoltaic south-facing façade. The structure is made of two walls, like a ship, that fall apart in the middle and then rejoin back in the end. The 250 m long Students Hostel, for 400 cadets and post-sea officers is anchored at either end by the Auditorium (South) and the Catering Center (north). Aluminum louvers keep the bright sun off of the fenestration and the three Dining Halls are glass prisms facing north.

The Academic Building is a composition of fourteen large classrooms, with a lineal atrium connecting them all into one composition, with pointed, ship-like porches at either end. This post-modern ensemble of statuesque objects, floating on a green sea carpet, are held into a visual pattern by the landmark water tower, axial pathways, River Indryani, NH-4, and the directional movement of the objects in space.

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Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Lonavla – Building Information

Project Name: Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies
Site Location: Lonavla, Pune
Years: 2005-07
Client: Mr. BS Teeka, Executive Ship Management, Singapore
Design Team: Daraius Choksi, Rahul Sathe,Harsh Manrao, Sujit Kothiwale, Amod Tikhe, Akshay Modak, Kshitija Parmar, Madhavi Bhuradia, Shalaka Vaidya, Anaheet Davierwala, Noel Jerald, Neha Kothiwale
Structural Consultant: YS Sane, Delcons
Landscape Consultant: Belt Colins, Singapore
Interiors: CCBA


  1. J.K. Cement-Architect of the Year Awards 2009, Best Educational Institute Award
  2. Indian Institute Architects Award 2008, Excellence in Architecture for Best Public Building
  3. Institute of Steel Development & Growth (INSDAG) 2009, Runner’s up for Best Steel Structure in India
  4. ArchiDesign Awards 2009, Architect of the Year Award
  5. World Architecture Festival Award 2009, Barcelona, Category: Education – Finalist

Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies Building images / information received Apr 2010

Location: Lonavla, Pune, India

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