Vadodara’s architect Karan Grover has bagged the prestigious Kohler Bold Design Awards (KBDA), a design competition for leading architects and designers of the country.
Grover bagged the award in the category of ‘public institution’ – the category that is meant to celebrate the most beautifully designed public establishments such as unusual schools, clubs and auditoriums that stand out for their architectural styles, building material and impressive interiors.
The city-based architect bagged the award for project of Akshar Centre for the Hearing Impaired Children which was completed in 2016. Spread across 2,136 square meters, the center which was founded by Nisha Grover, 29 years ago, is surrounded by nature. The site located on the western edge of Vadodara is characterised by a topographical construct of levels leading down to the Mini river.
“This particular site excited and pushed us to go beyond fulfilling only the program,” said Karan, adding that the building blocks were a result of using the same soil that was excavated at the site.
“We took this as an opportunity to engage the students and teachers by making them form these blocks through the compressive block making machine,” he said, adding that the hybrid structure owes to a marriage between bamboo and steel with a thatched roof and compressed earth blocks.
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