KASHMIR UNIVERSITY, ADMININSTRATION BUILDING
Location: Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Size: 40,000 SQFT
Client: University of Kashmir
Kashmir University in Srinagar is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of higher learning in the valley.
The University has grown in size and stature over the years, and a need was felt to create an administrative hub, which could accommodate the office of the Vice Chancellor, the Registrar and Deans, apart from the administrative heads such as Finance and Accounts, Estates and Development and various other administrative functions.
The University wanted a building that was respectful of the vernacular language, and yet a high fit and high performance contemporary building. They wanted a building that would utilise current trends in open work culture, natural light, informal interaction spaces and all weather comfort conditioning.
At the same time, the building needed to be secure, allowing for confidentiality and security in keeping with the environment.
An existing Fir tree provided the impetus to a “central” space.
The building functions are developed in two distinct blocks, defined by the level of security, and a planned around a central atrium space. The tree forms a focal point from the entrance, through the atrium space, with interconnecting bridges flying through the atrium space.
This atrium becomes an “all weather” space for gatherings, chance meetings, discussions and setting up of temporary exhibitions.
The two blocks on East and West form bulk of the offices. All the offices are naturally lit. There is extensive usage of glass, and colour, to create well defined, and yet visible “departments”. Workstations and cabins are planned to encourage interactions and collaborative working.
Each zone or department is independently climate controlled, using all weather VRV air-conditioning. The circuits of the glare free LED lighting, are designed to maximise the use of natural lighting. So lights close to the windows and glazing can be switched off separately, while some interior lights may continue to be used.
Despite being a difficult to reach place, with its own peculiarities, the building was successfully built, using local contractor teams, by the use of BIM.
Since all the building design details, elements and components were modeled and coordinated using BIM, the contractors were able to prep fabricate and erect the components without running into fouling and difficulties.
The New Administration facility for the University of Kashmir in Hazratbal, Srinagar, is a showcase of the openness, inventiveness and contemporary nature of the University, while respecting the sense of place, culture and environment.
The building is designed for spatial and material optimization, energy efficiency, human interaction, comfort and the celebration of traditional timber design in a contemporary context.