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Nature Architecture and Interiors
Client Embassy of France in India and AEFE (global real-estate wing of the French Education Ministry)
Design Mid to end 2015  
Construction Mid-2016 to end 2018
Renovation 10,000 square feet
Extension 7,000 square feet
Status Completed

Design Lead Rohit Shinkre 
Project Architects Saurabh Mhatre and Sonal More
Interior Design Komal Valanju
Assistant Architects Pranali Shah and Aneri Shah
Conservation and Structural INTACH Pondicherry
MEP Consultants AURO Associates

RSA was a laureate of an invited competition for a complete design and project management mission to renovate and extend the historic French high school in the heart of the heritage precinct in Puducherry. Works included renovation and adaptive reuse and upgrade of existing facilities, playground and extension for new premises.

Design confronts the inherent contradiction between conserving the built heritage and the institution's renewal. It is an architecture for ‘education,’ creating opportunities for dialogues with nature, community and self. Each new classroom is different and distinct - facilitating the appropriation of spaces by user groups. Three existing trees on the site direct the design. Passive measures to reduce heat gain and promote non-air-conditioned use of off-peak summers.

Scope of Service RSA was appointed for a comprehensive design and project management mission from conceptual design, scheme design, statutory approvals, design development including landscape, structural, interior and MEP design, preparation and management of tenders and contracts and design and project management during construction.

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