If you build it, they will sure learn: 5 Education institutes in India with Classical Architectural Design
A peek into the intriguing design and aesthetic of these famous educational buildings who make a compelling statement giving a true meaning to the majesty of classicism.
Educational institutions are not far behind when it comes to design aesthetics, enabling a holistic environment through design and interior style, these buildings preserve the elements of timeless art and craft in their architecture.
La Martinière, Lucknow: Once a county home of Major General Claude Martin, the building has now been meticulously restored. The structure that was built in the late 1700s was converted to a school in 1845. Constantia is the main building of the school which also commands the attention of tourists. Within the campus you will see stone lions on the turrets, gargoyles, and Greek statues on the ramparts.
Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan: Started in 1875 by a former Viceroy of India, Richard Bourke. Mayo College is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The college has been built using Makrana marble and combines both Hindu and Mughal elements as well as local Rajput architecture. The assembly hall that resembles a church has large portraits of the royal patrons. With mosaic stone flooring, It also has a drafty Kangra amphitheatre that can house 2000 people.
The place has been designed using yellow and red sandstone along with railings, sweeping steps, pavilions, and strategically planted trees to make it more verdurous . Having one of the largest school museums in the world with lofty shikaras, graceful domes, and roof pavilions, the Danmal Mathur Museum is housed in Jhalawar House and has one of the best collections of antiques and an armoury section.
Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School, Jaisalmer: Designed by architect Diana Kellogg, the Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School in Thar desert has a Gyaan Center along with a performance and art exhibition space ‘The Medha’. The Women’s Cooperative where artisans will teach local weaving and embroidery techniques is under the works. The school is designed with distinct feminine sensibilities and is built using the local hand-carved Jaisalmer sandstone which has also helped reduce carbon emissions. A solar panel canopy on the roof as a cooling system, elliptical shape that creates a cooling panel of airflow, high ceilings, and the use of jalis stave off the scorching heat.
Rane Vidhyalay, Tamilnadu: Shanmugam Associates built a sprawling K12 campus in the village of Theerampalaym in Tamil Nadu with their idea for a school with no straight edges. Inspired by the construction of local houses and temples, the exterior of the school sees layers of red wire-cut bricks sourced from local kilns alternated with grey fly ash bricks that have been recycled from cement waste.
Clay-moulded jalis are layered over UPVC windows—an extension of the vernacular design that also facilitates ventilation and eliminates the need for air-conditioning. They also created space for planters all around the periphery of the roof.
School of the Dancing Arches, Gujarat: Designed by the architect Samira Rathod, it’s an extension to the Bhadran English Medium School in Gujarat evoking freedom, exploration and questioning. The School of the Dancing Arches is housed in MI Patel Knowledge Academy, and caters to the children of Bhadran and its surrounding villages.
Rathod used locally available exposed, red brick to build an unconventional design inspired by a child’s scribbling. Natural light spills through the arches, trees, green mounds and vast open areas complete the design that aims to be fluid.