Location: Tahakar, Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad
Volunteers: Jo Waterhouse, Susanne Pollmann and Harshil Parekh
The site for Bholu 13 is located in the middle of the community tucked in a quiet, colourful laneway. Two surrounding trees form a beautiful canopy over the site, providing a cooler micro environment. A vacant block opposite provided an opportunity for the preschool to have an adjoining garden and playground.
With a compact site, the biggest design challenge was ensuring adequate light and ventilation entered into the space. Bholu 13 features a ‘floating’ roof as a means of responding to the hot, dry climate by aiding with passive ventilation and allowing views of the trees. The design of the space was planned simply with amenities to the back and one large teaching space addressing the laneway. The internal floor and wall finishes feature recycled stone, tiles, fabric, artwork and perforated metal, which added colour and a richness of detail to the small building.