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Shruti Dimri
The Doon School is an 82 year old private boarding school situated in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Located on a lush 70 acre campus, originally a botanical garden, the school is home to approximately 500 students (mostly boys) and about 50 teaching staff. Key to the ethos of the school is the bond between the teachers and their wards, which verges on the filial. Almost all the teachers live on the campus and, in and out of the classroom, are actively involved in the academic, pastoral and co-curricular guidance offered to each student.  Over the years, the school has undertaken the architectural and infrastructural development of its campus in keeping with its evolving pedagogy and requirements. Multiple academic, extracurricular, dormitory and residential structures, built in distinct vocabularies, ranging from the colonial to the modern and the postmodern, dot the campus. Two large playfields offer wide vistas of the architecture set in a verdant landscape. With a view to enhancing the family accommodations for faculty, a total of 18 residences of about 223 sqm each were designed on two separate sites.  Dehradun has a composite sub-tropical climate with a particularly wet monsoon. While the tree cover on campus helps mitigate the summer heat, solar thermal gain through the roof is a concern. While sitting out in the bright winter sun, on the other hand, alleviates the crisp chill in the air, the monsoon rains tend to be torrential and driven by a strong southeasterly wind.  Organised as staggered rows running East-Southeast to West-Northwest, the units are arranged to maintain existing sightlines of the campus with four sharing a staircase so as to conserve land. The teachers often open their homes to their students and so the shift in their residential typology, from stand alone villas with private gardens, to walk-up apartments and shared greens, helps make them more accessible territorially.  Further, the simple formal articulation and crisp elemental expression is intended to make the residences less imposing. The gabled volumes of the units are indented to breakup the contiguity of the facades and to accommodate existing trees close to the footprint. A shared service attic under the pitched roofs is provided to the housing to reduce heat gain to the upper floor residences and the water tanks are further raised as turrets to create hydraulic head. The corners are pulled out into shaded balconies to act as sit-outs to the bedrooms and similarly the living room extends onto a recessed verandah sit-out. Brick masonry is extensively used in the existing architecture of the campus and the design refers to this through the use of red terracotta tiles on the facades and lighter yellow terracotta in the recesses. The “portal” frames expressing the sit-outs and fenestrations are clad in light sandstone.  The Teachers ‘Housing project at the Doon School is an attempt to encourage a more extroverted, convivial residential lifestyle for the faculty while maintaining existing sightlines and conserving land and vegetation. It conforms to the existing material palette of the campus while accentuating elemental articulations. It attempts to reduce the scale of the development by staggering volumes and create spacious and well lit homes that are more connected to campus life.
Teachers’ Residences at The Doon School
Asia-Oceania
Residential
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
May 2016
Shruti Dimri graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2002. She has worked on a variety of institutional, mixed-land use and residential projects at Anagram Architects, New Delhi. Her work reflects a strong emphasis on spatial innovation and a reimagining of materials, towards design which is environmentally conscious. Shruti believes that there is a need to redefine community housing for making our cities future proof. Shruti grew up in Delhi and feels deeply attached to the vivid and diverse architectural legacy of the city. She likes to experiment with different materials in the workshop and is very hands on in the studio. Alongside her architectural practice she also pursued her lifelong passion for music and is a trained Hindustani classical singer.
Shruti Dimri, Vaibhav Dimri, Madhav Raman
Suryan//Dang
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Board 1 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Teachers-Residence-Board-1-1.pdf
Board 2 (PDF about the panel of project’s presentation and information)https://2acaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Teachers-Residence-Board-2-1.pdf
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2A Continental Architectural Awards
Average rating:  
 6 reviews
 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 6
Innovativeness: 5
Climate Responsiveness: 8

 by Anonymous
Concept and Practicality Balance: 6
Innovativeness: 5
Climate Responsiveness: 6

 by b.lenhardt
Concept and Practicality Balance: 3
Innovativeness: 3
Climate Responsiveness: 2

 by 1413794236
Concept and Practicality Balance: 6
Innovativeness: 6
Climate Responsiveness: 6

 by gisela.loehlein
Concept and Practicality Balance: 5
Innovativeness: 5
Climate Responsiveness: 5

playful architectural resolution to residential project linked to a school

 by sandra
Concept and Practicality Balance: 7
Innovativeness: 7
Climate Responsiveness: 8

very nicely done





Anonymous @ 10/30/2023 11:56

Overall Presentation: 6

Concept and Practicality Balance: 6

Innovativeness: 5

Climate Responsiveness: 8

Anonymous @ 10/13/2023 06:37

Overall Presentation: 6

Concept and Practicality Balance: 6

Innovativeness: 5

Climate Responsiveness: 6

b.lenhardt @ 10/09/2023 09:58

Overall Presentation: 4

Concept and Practicality Balance: 3

Innovativeness: 3

Climate Responsiveness: 2

1413794236 @ 09/30/2023 08:07

Overall Presentation: 6

Concept and Practicality Balance: 6

Innovativeness: 6

Climate Responsiveness: 6

gisela.loehlein @ 10/01/2023 05:58

Comment: playful architectural resolution to residential project linked to a school

Overall Presentation: 5

Concept and Practicality Balance: 5

Innovativeness: 5

Climate Responsiveness: 5

sandra @ 10/02/2023 11:43

Comment: very nicely done

Overall Presentation: 8

Concept and Practicality Balance: 7

Innovativeness: 7

Climate Responsiveness: 8

Average Score: 5.83