Sanjay Puri Architects

Nokha Village Community Centre

Nokha Village Community Centre
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Nokha Village Community Centre

Sanjay Puri Architects

CLIENT
Padam Interiors

LEAD ARCHITECT
Sanjay Puri

STRUCTURE CONSULTANTS
Vijaytech Consultants Pvt. Ltd

LANDSCAPE CONSULTANTS
Sanjay Puri Architects

ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTS
Omkar Rane, Madhavi Belsare

MAIN CONTRACTOR
Jagram Suthar

DESIGN TEAM
Arjun Gupta

PHOTOGRAPHS
Vinay Panjwani

AREA
13000 ft²

YEAR
2024

LOCATION
Seelwa, India

CATEGORY
Community Center

SANJAY PURI ARCHITECTS presents the Nokha Village Community Centre, located in the desert region of Nokha in Rajasthan, India.

Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani

The sweeping curvilinear volume rises up from the northeastern corner, looping around the site and rising up on the northwest corner to create a north-facing open courtyard.

The brief of the clients was to create a memorial for their father, Padmaramji Kularia. Nokha is a district in Rajasthan that encompasses 144 small villages.

Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
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Studies of the vicinity and the current facilities in the village schools and the village areas fueled the need to create a community centre for all age groups.

The main spiral building of 9,000sqft 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.

Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani

Beneath the garden, on 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 amphitheater to provide a space for music performances, talks, and social interaction.

Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani

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 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.

Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani

The rooftop gardens, the stone screens, the north-facing courtyard, and the 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 labor with materials available in the region.

Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani

A building with a built-up area of only 9,000sqft (810 sqm) generates a 9,000sqft rooftop garden and a 27,000sqft open auditorium and, in addition to the enclosed spaces, generates usable space that is four times more than the built space.


Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani
Nokha Village Community Centre
© Vinay Panjwani


Nokha Village Community Centre
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