|Associate Architects||Upal Ghosh & Associates|
|Associate Architect||DKS Associates|
Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
The award winning Campus Development Plan prepared by a team of 3 Architectural firms that included SGA
In search of excellence, the Government of India invited a selected number of leading architects in the country to submit design proposals for the new campus of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Ghaziabad.Facilities Programme for the proposed campus is derived from the number, type, frequency, duration and capacity of various courses offerd by the Academy. The Academic Complex will provide confe- rence facilities, lecture theatres, auditoriums, and a variety of seminar rooms complemen- ted by an outstanding library, a training block and an administration centre. The residential area will accommodate hostels for 750 probationers, and housing for1 40 faculty members along with 385 non- teaching staff. In addition, a comprehensive range of out- door facilities for Field Sports and Court Games are planned.
The proposed plan for the new Campus is inspired by the traditional Indian concept of urban design which is highly responsive to the composite climate of Indo-Gangetic planes and is conducive to social interaction. It creates a strong sense-of-place through unity in diversity, and is marked by a hierarchical order of enclosures in a rhythmic pattern. The design concept for the new Academy aims to express a unified whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. The key element of the proposed design is Enclosure of Precinct. Enclosures are formed by a combination of building mass, offsets, landscaped areas, and water bodies. The height of buildings, the scale of offsets, the size of water bodies, the colour and/textures of plants are care- fully controlled to produce an integrated development which is human in scale. Vehicular traffic, parking and servicing is created in such a way that the precinct in which the most important academic, social and cultural buildings or spaces are located remains free of automobiles. By restricting general vehicular access, with the exception of emergency vehicles, a safe, clean and pedestrian oriented core has been created. The use of an axial alignment, as a symbol of unity, in a geometric frame work resulted in the creation of a carefully planned Central Axis. It connects and unifies the major components of the Campus. The opportunities for social interaction progressively increase as one volunteers out of the privacy of personal sleeping quarters through the shared living space, to the semi-private smaller scale courtyards, into the semi-public larger courts or chowks, and into the main enclosure which offers an opening to the other facilities on the campus, and access to the outer world. Most of the buildings are oriented NW/SE or N/S, to catch the prevailing winds, to maximize protection from the sun during summer, and to facilitate its penetration during winter. Strategically located water bodies enhance the setting and provide a medium for reflection.
Proposed Development Plan
The basic goal for the design of the proposed LBSNAA was defined as the creation of a unique and stimulating learning environment that would promote the growth of personal and professional cultures. From this basic goal, a number of specific objectives were developed and translated into a set of planning and design criteria. The design proposals are based on an optimization of these criteria. Salient features of the proposed design are: - Efficient functional linkages and spatial relationships that encourage social interaction. - Urban Design Concept that articulates a strong sense of place, and reflects the national stature of the Academy. - Controlled and clustered form of development that minimizes disturbance to natural systems. - Harmonious relationship between the natural and the built environment that creates a human scale. - Use of natural/passive systems to minimize the adverse impact of composite climate. - Flexible implementation strategy to accommodate future growth within an integrated frame work for development. - a Minimization of life-cycle costs including capital and maintenance costs, commensurate with other objectives.