Gyan Sarover School, School in the Dumpyard

An informal urban school designed specifically for the underprivileged children of rag-pickers living near the major waste dump-yard of Delhi. The idea is to attract the children and their parents into this facility and encourage them to realize the importance of education to improve their lifestyle. The whole structure is planned as a courtyard centric inward looking building. The inner courtyard also acts as an amphitheater for performances and activities that would engage children.

The outer green wall screen, and high parapet walls with terrace garden cocoons children from harsh surroundings and helps to create a refreshing micro-climate inside the built mass. It was designed to be an embodiment of hope and survival in their harsh reality. It was thus intentionally designed inward. From outside it looks like a blank box, but from the inside, there are color splashes adorning its crevices. Furniture and decoration are sourced from the garbage dump scraps and recycled to a new life. The school is self-functioning and is powered by its own solar panels and has a proper rainwater collection system.

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