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Baihua Kindergarten in Linmingdu, Wuyishan City
Ke He China (2022-2023)

Sep 18, 2023
The project is located at the interface between the city and nature. It faces the city on the east, and boasts a good view to the natural landscape on west side. On the site, there is a hillock with an elevation difference of 13 meters. In line with the site's conditions, the construction is embedded into the terrain, forming a diversified space environment. The overall architectural design is inspired by a drawing palette, and spaces are organized around a three-level oval-shaped yard in the middle. Functional rooms built with distinct forms are configured on the three floors, which also incorporate local characteristic architectural form and materials. The inner yard keeps the existing plants and the slope, which connect with each building level directly and enable kids to commune with nature. On south side, a stilt floor is created naturally, which links the inner yard with the external environment and enhances the wind environment of the construction as well.
The entrance hall is set under the hillock. Its interior design draws on the form of mountains and also incorporates skylights, which echoes the cave in the local Danxia Mountain, providing kids with an interesting space for exploration.
The Wuyishan Region has a unique distinctive architectural style, as well as rich cultural and historical heritage. The project's design gives a modernized interpretation of the sloping roofs of the local traditional architecture, which echoes with the surrounding mountains and blends in with the village houses. The roof is made of local timber and granite slabs, and also adopts artificial rammed earth materials to simulate the textures of villages in Wuyishan Region. In this way, the kindergarten architecture appears rustic and natural, and presents a strong regional style.

Project area: 246,302.16 square feet (2882.22㎡)
Net building density: 28.8%
Plot size: 107,639.1 square feet (10,000 ㎡)
Cui Guangxun, He Ke, Fu Pengjiazi, He Yanting, Liang Shaoqian, Wang Siyi, Wu Suwan, Wang Jiale, Jiang Yueming, Wu Kangrui, Zhou Junle, Li Zhensike, Liang Yongxin

Sep 14, 2023
Jaipur is one of the fastest growing 2-tier cities of India. With real estate blooming, there multiple all inclusive townships for holistic living experience developing on the outskirts of the town. This international school in one such township is about 20 km from the City Centre.
The site has access road abutting on 3 sides, yet considering safety and convenience, main access has been planned along the road with minimum traffic and to avoid disturbance of the school to the neighboring establishments. An alternative service access is planned from the rear road for service and staff entry with parking.
The principal idea while planning the school was to open out multiple pockets for outdoor activities and carve out multiple interactive spaces for learning and interactions. The school footprint was minimized by stacking smaller floorplates, 3 above the ground and one below to open a large internal ground that can be used for sports, annual functions, assemblies etc. For vertical access within the building, 3 staircases of 2meter width are planned along the edges of the building, yet equidistant from the most dense occupancy areas, to make sure the exit in case of emergency evacuation, or other wise is seamless. All these staircases open in large assembly spaces.
Most of the classrooms are hurdled towards the learning zones oriented in the north-south directions to receive glare-less light and control the temperature through the year. These areas remain immaculate silent zones with little disturbance with any visitors or extra-curricular activities. The growing zones are diversified along with the management areas for controlled access. The growing zones are were the laboratories, games areas, auditoriums are planned for life skills learning.
The school has 57 classrooms for age group 4 years- 17 years, each floor has laboratories for subjects like sciences, language, mathematics, computer etc and studios for music, arts, audio video experiences apart from a 250 pax auditorium and open air amphitheater on the terrace for evening events. The school is designed to have 2 libraries on different levels and a cafeteria in the basement with a small solar shaft and garden outside. Strongly focusing on the holistic growth of the pupils the client wanted to imbibe multiple indoor game rooms and sports activities within the infrastructure. Apart from these, are the requisite staff rooms, conference/meeting rooms, counselling rooms, examination rooms and service/ storage rooms that are dispersed strategically through the floor for vigilance and guardianship.
The façade is planned as in a series of alternating solid mass and vertical fins which are strategically placed to control the ambient temperature of the interiors while bringing ample defused light into the classrooms. Thus the brise soleil on the classroom windows ensure the light filtering in is controlled, these are further undulated to bring a sense on playfulness to the pattern and break the rigid monotony. The east and west facades have the least opening shielded with a perforated screen to break the parched desert sunlight. Local stone is proposed to be used on the surface of the reinforced concrete framework building.


Zeljko Mitrovic Serbia (2022-)

Sep 20, 2023
The main wish of the investor and the principal creator of the idea along with an active support by the team of architects has been to start a wave of renewal of the ancient cultural heritage in his country which everyone would equally enjoy it both internally and externally. The combination of modern materials and technology predominantly in the interior combined with the distinctive appearance of neoclassical and transcendent style in architecture is the absolute expression of the modern age fostering eternal values.
Building a home is not a personal matter, but a social responsibility to offer the world something unique and something their city or even their country still does not have.
From that spot and owing to the positioning of the building on the hill, one is able to see the breathtaking panorama of the whole city and the surrounding scenery. Both physically and metaphorically, this is the highlight of the house, architecturally starting from the bottom and reaching the top.
The size of the plot made it possible for the project to have large green areas on all sides, while the building's dimensions and semi-atrium structure enabled the formation of an inner courtyard. Within this tranquil haven, a harmonious interplay unfolds, centered around a picturesque square adorned with two splendid swimming pools.
In the architectural sense, this unconventional home was designed in the spirit of the architectural features of neoclassicism ranging from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. The design and materials reflect the embodiment of the given period where the techniques and plastics of the facades were used in the spirit of that time. It is designed in an orthogonal grid, with a central dome.
The main challenge of the project was the question of how to conform traditional architecture to a new way of life, which brings different requirements and needs. This poses a challenge of how to preserve the authentic architectural style, while the program, that is, the way of utilizing the house has completely changed. Modern technologies accompanied with modern materials have been used to the maximum extent, especially in a constructive sense by exceeding vast ranges that were much more challenging or even insoluble two centuries ago.

It was required that the building would have a symmetrical facade, massiveness and decoration with antique stylistic elements. The base is in the shape of an inverted Cyrillic letter "p", which created a sheltered inner courtyard. The entrance façade is dominated by a vaulted entrance, covered by a roof terrace supported by two pillars. The entrance is of the same proportions as the base of the dome with the main dome. On each corner of the building, there are square domes as a motif. The central part of the building is a circular hall that vertically turns into a dome which vaults the room at the roof level. The structural composition and make-up came from the desire for the building not only to be an illustrated facade, but also for it to adhere to its internal dimensions. The floor to ceiling height as regards the ground floor and the first floor are 6.5 m each, and the explicit height of the circular hall is 17.90 m.
Mitrovic & Alexandar & Demic

Sep 15, 2023
Jaipur is one of the fastest growing 2-tier cities of India. Essentially in the buffer zone of the Thar Desert, Jaipur has been a historic Royal town and its economic and cultural dominance in the neighbouring cities has only increased in time. Even today it continues to be a capital and one of the largest and most populated cities of Rajasthan state. Imperatively the local inhabitants of the city respect water and the flourishing city is in increasing need of portable water.
The clients for this small corporate office are pioneers in water management and yeaned for a design that would represent their principals. On this 1000 sqm plot abutting the service road of a major state highway on the short side. The vehicular access for both dropping and parking happens with in a single continuous loop to avoid two way circulation allowing larger setback space for narrow landscape strip.
The ground floor has a double height entrance lobby apart from a reception area along with a conference room and a display area for orientation to the Client’s professional engagements. Two basements below are used for parking and services while all the floors above are reserved for offices as per hierarchy. The staircase and lift block along with the toilet shaft are planned on the south western façade of the building to block and avoid heating up the office areas. This location of the staircase also allows optimization of the useable floor plate as this position is equidistant from every edge of the building and its centralized placement helps minimize circulation areas. The terrace is planned to be a beautiful sundowner café for the pleasant Jaipur evenings.
While the building is glazed along the office floor plate, a perforated screen envelopes the structure with cutouts at elegantly placed along the edges to open out in a small balcony on each floor. This modern take on the traditional jaali cuts out the sharp desert sunshine and filters light inside the office while regulating the ambient temperature of the inside spaces. These small balconies act as spill out areas with some fresh air breaks for the employees. These balcony cutouts open in the form of a drop and along the edge reflects itself to suggest rebirth because of recycling. A small self filtering water pond is planned to enhance the atmospheric moisture instantly reducing the temperature and lending a calm soothing visual.
The structure is constructed in a reinforced concrete and cladded with temperature controlled glass and encased in a perforated local stone screen.



Sep 12, 2023
Undulating curvilinear volumes house a small museum & an open amphitheatre along the edge of a small hill in Buldhana, Maharashtra India.
The client for this project is building this as a community centre for the small town in memory of his late father.
Nestled in the contours the amphitheatre steps down along the natural contours flanked by an elevated viewing deck overlooking hills on the northern side . The undulating walls are proposed to be built in organic vedic bricks with a natural lime plaster coating called “araish” which the villagers in the area have used since many decades due to its heat reducing properties.
A bamboo roof covers the entire structure with the bamboo being sourced locally.
The simple materials & design render this building very economical to build, using all locally sourced materials & labor.
The design facilitates natural cross ventilation with the arched bamboo roof & indirect light penetration within its spaces orienting all the inner spaces towards the north. The sun is always in the southern hemisphere in this location with temperatures in excess of 35°C for most of the year.
The design facilitates natural cross ventilation with the arched bamboo roof & indirect light penetration within its spaces orienting all the inner spaces towards the north. The sun is always in the southern hemisphere in this location with temperatures in excess of 35°C for most of the year.
The design is contextual to the location in terms of being climate responsive & the materials that are proposed to be sued, creating spaces for the community of the small town, Buldhana.