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.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.
▼图书馆外观，library exterior view ©Edmund Sumner
建筑师在首次参观场地时看到一位工程师为学校建筑所构建的一些多面体结构，从中获得了灵感和动力，并决定从“建造智能化”作为项目的出发点。经过对几种可能的材料配置（如混凝土外壳和砖砌拱顶）的解析，一个“建筑化的景观”被打造出来。随后，设计团队又被16世纪加泰罗尼亚瓷砖拱顶的材料性能所吸引——这种材料在19世纪初期被古斯塔维诺使用，并在20世纪中期成为艾拉迪欧·迪斯特作品中的精妙细节。在配合具体场地条件的同时，团队还借助苏黎世联邦理工学院Block Research Group开发的Rhino Vault软件来为项目构建纯粹的承压结构形式。
▼设计示意图&模型，concept diagram & model ©Sameep Padora & Associates
▼剖面图，section ©Sameep Padora & Associates
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’. 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.
▼建筑内部是学习的空间，上方则是游戏的场地，a place inside for study and a place above for play ©Edmund Sumner
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.
▼一个可以从多个方向进入的“亭子”，the library became a pavilion accessed from multiple sides ©Edmund Sumner
▼可攀爬的屋顶，the accessible roof ©Edmund Sumner
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.
▼不同类型的空间和座位系统，varied spatial & seating systems ©Edmund Sumner
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. 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.
▼夜间视角，night view ©Edmund Sumner
In using principles ranging from the Catalan Tile Vaulting system 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.
▼室内局部，partial view ©Edmund Sumner
▼厚4.5英寸、长140英尺的壳体结构，shell form, 4.5 inches thick, 140 feet long ©Edmund Sumner
▼设计示意：全球知识网络，concept diagram knowledge networks ©Sameep Padora & Associates
▼场地平面图，site plan ©Sameep Padora & Associates
▼平面图，floor plan ©Sameep Padora & Associates
▼场地流线，site plan with routes ©Sameep Padora & Associates
▼立面图，elevation ©Sameep Padora & Associates
▼结构细部，construction details ©Sameep Padora & Associates
Name and site of the project
Maya Somaiya Library, Sharda School. Kopergaon, Maharashtra, India.
Sameep Padora & Associates
Vami Seth Koticha, Archita Banerjee, Manasi Punde, Aparna Dhareshwar
Foundation Design: Sameer Sawant
Superstructure: Rhino Vault, Vivek Garg
Unique Concrete : Rajesh Murkar, Milind Naik
Total floor area
5750 square feet
Design phase May 2014 – November 2015
August 2017- May 2018
Super Structure: 20mm thick Brick Tile
Flooring: Kota Stone
Windows: Aluminium, Wood, Glass
Furniture: Pre-laminated Wood Ply