Proposed by The Ministry of Arts and Culture with a mission to preserve and foster cultural values both at individual and collective levels, and to upgrade, strengthen and extend the existing cultural infrastructure and construct new ones, in order to foster a balanced and harmonious Mauritian society. The project comprises of a new complex of international standard to house two key institutions of the Republic of Mauritius, namely the National Archives and National Library, which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture.
A design inspired by the geometry of leaves, National Archives & National Library is representative of the legacy, discipline and innovation. The state-of-art building is proposed to be equipped with all modern facilities and latest technology so that the complex can be developed as a world class facility. The project is divided into 2 blocks, each shaped like a leaf with an over-hanging roof providing shade to the building. The facade uses solar films on the south facing to cut down the harsh sun, also generating electricity parallelly reducing the heat ingress.
Both the clocks are wrapped in a green facade, embedded with a layer of green plantation on the outer skin
All the major components of the project have been placed in such a way that they are complementing each other and at the same time are segregated to symbolize the different nature & typology of the buildings. An integrated & seamless vehicular circulation plan has been proposed to efficiently cater to the users within the complex. Traffic plan has been emphasized on providing a conflict free movement of private, VIP, services, security, fire and ambulance vehicles. The entire complex will be designed to provide a barrier free movement to its users
Project Location: Moka, Republic of Mauritius
Site Area: 3.34 Acres
Built Up Area:
Client: NBCC India
Design team – Mitu Mathur, Mahima Surya, Shamim Khan, Yaqub Hussain, Chhavi Goswami, Austin George
1) Architecture design - GPMA
2) Structure design – GPMA
3) Interior Design - GPMA
4) MEP design – RSC Consultants
5) Landscape – Design Process