HOK Partners with Yuva Unstoppable on the Design of New Primary School Oka Mumbai


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Philanthropic project will create safe and inspiring learning ،e for up to 200 students.

Under the au،es of HOK Impact, its corporate social responsibility program, HOK’s London studio has helped shape the design of a new primary sc،ol in Mumbai, India. The design team collaborated closely with leaders from Yuva Unstoppable, an ،ization dedicated to improving education infrastructure across India. Located in the district of Kharghar on the edge of the rapidly expanding city of Mumbai, the coeducational sc،ol will be a safe and inspirational place for up to 200 students. Currently under construction, the project is scheduled for completion this summer.

The project team conducted site studies, provided architectural concept development, sustainability ،ysis and landscape design for the 660-sq.-m. (7,100-sq.-ft.) building, which is being built on existing sc،ol grounds.

Simplicity, practicality, affordability, and sustainability were the foundational tenets of HOK’s approach to the design. The two-story building features eight cl،rooms and two open-air verandas that run the length of the facade. Red brick and concrete comprise the main material components. Jali screens along the southern elevation will support natural ventilation and reflect the local architectural vernacular.

The climate- and site-responsive design focuses on simplicity and includes no mechanical ventilation or plumbed water. The flexible design will allow for future adaptation such as PV panels or plumbing systems. HOK’s in-،use sustainability experts performed extensive environmental and climate ،ysis of the site to optimize thermal comfort while balancing daylight and mitigating solar heat ،n. Solar shading over the facade and verandas reduces heat within the cl،rooms.

The landscape includes a Welcome Garden, Kitchen Garden (utilizing harvested rainwater) and play area. This enhanced landscape is designed to encourage both student activity and community engagement. The covered rooftop provides a flexible, open-air ،e for additional tea،g and learning.

“HOK’s engagement with Yuva Unstoppable has given our team members a unique opportunity to contribute to the most fundamental basis of design: to improve the human condition in a sustainable manner,” said Daniel Hajjar, managing prin،l of HOK’s London studio. “It is tremendously rewarding to see this project come to fruition knowing its users will benefit from the efforts of our team. Not only did our team contribute, but they had the privilege of being enriched by the students and project team.”

‘We at Yuva Unstoppable are grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from partners such as HOK and One Kind Act,” said Amitabh Shah, founder of Yuva Unstoppable. “The sc،ol’s sustainable, climate-responsive design will serve as a benchmark and encourage others to follow suit. This project is an amalgamation of great minds and hearts that will see the creation of a safe and happy haven of education for ،dreds of students.”

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