By Jahnvi Sreedhar
Photography: Courtesy the architects
Standing at the foothills of the Vindhyas, ITM School of Business, Gwalior is a fine example of modern Indian architectural ideology. IAnD examines this traditionally-rooted concept put together by architects of Manifestation of Fluid Architecture (M:OFA).
The institutional campus is contextual, with a parasol roof, traditional jaalis and strung courtyards along with an orientation that makes the architectural response to the elements very apt and green. With a strong belief in building on our roots, and without compromising on the aesthetics of the educational campus; with due consideration to the region’s sub-tropical climate and tuned in to technologically advanced current-day practices, architects at M:OFA have intelligently employed locally available resources and craft set to a contemporary design. It is intriguing to see the use of traditional jaali work to avoid the blazing sun and creating chiaroscuro elements that are natural add-ons.
Working on a tight budget, indigenous adaptations integrate traditional building practices with a local material palette and an evocative landscape program that acclimatizes the building by lowering ambient temperatures; together, making for a sustainable footprint.