Yogananda Library by Studio Archohm

Yogananda Library

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

‘To rebel with a cause’; the big blank concrete central library of the Shoolini University in Solan, overlooks a beautiful green valley.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

Sitting in the landscape as an impassive built piece, peacefully positioned, the building stands out, reflecting the nature of its function and physically manifests the philosophy of this biotechnology campus.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

Conceptually, this four-floor structure is an intense interconnected volume of voids and solids, connecting the entire building as a large fictional plate.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

It starts as a narrow strip of an extroverted, yet shaded space on the lower two floors.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

These are research cells and discussion areas of senior students and faculty. The upper two floors are made deeper as the contours recede and the front remains aligned.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

This allows for the creation of a large central courtyard that pours uniform indirect light into all the parts of the built floors.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

The courtyards connect playfully in voids and volumes, as they broaden up to the terrace to become a natural container of light.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

This unrestricted light, but controlled temperature and views bring the required climatic control within the building.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

The spatial superstructure and the exclusivity of the elevation, elevates the role of the library on the campus and evaluates the campus for it’s international sensibility. It gives the university an apt image, an ideal icon. Source by Studio Archohm.

Yogananda Library
Photo © Andre J Fanthome

Location: Solan, India
Architects: Studio Archohm
Principal Architect: Sourabh Gupta
Project Team: Sanjay Rawat, Bhoomika Singhal, Sanjay Bisht
Structural: Roark Engineers Consulting
Electrical: Archohm Consults
Plumbing: Techno Engineering Consultants
Site Area: 4,257 sqm
Built-Up Area: 2,476.88 sqm
Year: 2013
Client: Foundation for Life Science and Business Management, Mr. Vishal Anand & Mr. Atul Khosla
Photographs: Andre J Fanthome

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Ground Floor Plan
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Second Floor Plan
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