Sculptural 'memorial' a gift to the community

Nokha Village Community Centre by Sanjay Puri Architects is a spectacular memorial to the owners' father – and a massive boon for the area

Designed by Sanjay Puri Architects

From the architects:

In the desert region of Nokha in Rajasthan, India, the sweeping curvilinear volume of the Nokha Village Community Centre emerges from the site’s northeastern corner, loops around, and rises up on the northwest corner to create a north facing open courtyard.

The brief of the clients to Sanjay Puri Architects was to create a memorial for their father, Padmaramji Kularia.

Nokha is a district in Rajasthan that encompasses 144 small villages. 

Studies of the vicinity and the current facilities in the village schools and the village areas fuelled the need to create a community centre for all age groups.

The main spiral building of 836m² becomes an inclined garden with two varying slopes, allowing it to be used for recreation and gatherings, and offering views of the surrounding desert landscape from the rooftop.

Beneath the garden, at the lower eastern side, there is a small museum with a children’s digital library on the higher western side. 

The southern side is enveloped in a grass covered earth berm to mitigate heat gain in response to the desert climate, where temperatures of 35 to 40°C are common for 8 months annually. 

The building forms an open courtyard with an amphitheatre to provide a space for music performances, talks, and social interaction.

The ovoid library is sheathed in natural sandstone screens derived from traditional architecture in Rajasthan, with the stone being sourced from the immediate surrounding area.

These screens reduce the heat gain and create different shadow patterns throughout the day. 

The library serves all the village schools in the region, most of which do not have libraries of their own. 

The museum is lit indirectly by scooped recesses within the roof garden berms.

To facilitate the servicing of large gatherings, a linear amenity block housing, cafeteria, toilets, stores, and parking flanks the entrance at the northern side.

The rooftop gardens, the stone screens, the north facing courtyard, and southern grass berm collectively reduce the heat gain, rendering the spaces energy efficient. 

Rainwater harvesting and water recycling make the building and its construction sustainable, using local craftsmen and contract labour with materials available in the region.

A building with a built up area of only 836m² generates a 836m² rooftop garden and a 2508m² open auditorium and, in addition to the enclosed spaces, generates usable space that is four times more than the built space.

Credit list

Nokha Village Community Centre
Structural consultant
Vijaytech Consultants
Main contractor
Jagram Suthar
Silwa-Mulwas, Nokha, Rajasthan, India
Interior design consultant
Sanjay Puri Architects
Landscape design
Sanjay Puri Architects

Designed by: Sanjay Puri Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Vinay Panjwani

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