The design of institutes has always been one of the best playgrounds for architectural skills. Globally, architects have expressed themselves commendably, through educational projects.
Institutional projects are great platforms to explore and exhibit ideas of built form and space making. A sense of scale and a play of character potentially define the nature of the institute, absorbing the context and conditions to address all levels of form and function.
Fundamentally, institutions need to be architecturally correct. The aesthetic should be simple enough for timeless longevity yet powerful enough to leave an impact on the mind of the student. Somehow a paradox, that needs to be visually neutral yet overwhelming at the same time.
To conclude, I would like to reinstate that institutional buildings need to inspire, induce and impress. Impress a certain scale and profoundness that makes the space an institution. Representation of values and character, those that compliment the soft teachings that are imparted within these encompassed structures. The nature of the human mind with its visual bank registers the software of the teachings, the ‘people-ware’ with all the professors and the hardware, that is the building envelop. All these critical components of the institute come together to impact the idea of an institution. A place of learning that aligns the physical and the philosophical.
-Ar. Sourabh Gupta