Cassata primary school with lettering
on its facade by Cadence

| 13 comments
 

Rounded lettering frames windows on the facade of this primary school in Bangalore by Indian firm Cadence (+ slideshow).

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

Cadence designed the school for a compact site in a residential neighbourhood of the city and added a decorative frieze on the facade made up of letters with holes in them, such as "e" and "o".

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

"The school was conceived [as] a conglomeration of myriad child fantasies," said the architects. "These included letters coalescing to form the elevation, to little nooks and corners for children to hide in, to little peep holes in every door and multiple other experiences."

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

On the first floor, wiggly ceiling panels, shelving and meandering walls encircle tables and chairs in the corridor, continuing the facade's curving motif.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

A large balcony on this level provides an outdoor play area and features a horseshoe-shaped wall painted in colourful stripes.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

On the second and third floors, oddly-shaped apertures from the lettering on the facade create windows at different heights.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

An angular structure covering one entrance to the building is painted vivid pink and contrasts with the lime green walls inside the reception area.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

The main staircase that connects the five storeys built above ground rises through an angular opening and is also painted bright green. "The sculpture void also enables visual and special interaction between the different levels," explained the architects.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

From the entrance, another staircase leads down to the basement, which houses a multipurpose hall with projection facilities.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

Photography is by Anand Jaju.

The architects sent us this brief description:


Cassata school in Bangalore

The brief required us to design a primary school on a tight site in an urban residential neighbourhood.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects

The program comprising of classrooms, library, multipurpose space, activity rooms and various play areas demanded the building to be comprised of five floors including the basement.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects
Basement plan

We decided to articulate the program in a playful manner from a child’s perspective.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects
Ground floor plan

The school was conceived a conglomeration of myriad child fantasies.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects
First floor plan

These included letters coalescing to form the elevation, to little nooks and corners for children to hide in, to little peep holes in every door and multiple other experiences.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects
Second floor plan

Each program requirement was seen as an opportunity to create a distinct world for the child.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects
Third floor plan

This colourful assemblage of different worlds and experiences is then connected with a staircase and a special void that cuts through the building in section.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects
Fourth floor plan

The sculpture void also enables visual and special interaction between the different levels.

Bangalore Kindergarten Project by Cadence Architects
Cross section

Architects: Cadence
Principal Architects: Narendra Pirgal, Smaran Mallesh, Vikram Rajashekar
Project Architects: Sangeeta Patrick ,Chaitra Koshy, Gowtham Archarya,Harish Kumar.
Client: Planet Kids.
Location: Bengaluru, India.
Structural Engineer: Manjunath & co.

  • http://linefeed.me/ Bojkowski

    Really wish architects would consult with typographers more often. Anyone can ‘do’ typography but there are way too many excalating examples of bad choices made by architects who think they know better.

    • Derek

      Screw whatever type the architects used, I’d do anything to attend this school as a kid. Like me, I bet you went to a school made of boring, uninspiring, dark and dirty classrooms wherever you lived.

    • iag

      Don’t you know – architects know and can do everything!

      • Bo Pettermann Laugesen

        Well we are educated for it and we do it but we are not paid for it.

        • iag

          Oh dear. I was being facetious. Architects are not education nor do ‘everything’. Not well that is.

    • Fotioos

      Please state some (as examples to be avoided).

    • Pim Geerts

      Pfff. Quit moaning man, this finally is something worth spreading! A school with ambition, if it weren’t for the physical miles, I’d send my child there!

  • lakshmi

    Amazing work!

  • john

    Super cool.

  • Bo Pettermann Laugesen

    Looks inspiring, but it also looks like it works because it is a small school.

  • millipz

    What makes an effective teaching environment is so much more than aesthetics. Despite the veneer of colour and wacky form, the classrooms look to be quite basic. That is not a criticism in itself, if simple spaces are used in the right way they can be transformed into wonderful learning environments. I feel strongly that the life and energy of a school should be allowed for in occupation rather than imposed by a preordained aesthetic.

  • Rac

    Using fun colours and ‘playful’ forms does not make it good architecture. Whatever happened to interactive spaces for kids outside classrooms, green integration, use of natural / tactile materials, appropriate light for learning. There are many more architectural concepts than typographic elevation!
    The 4th image with pink overhang looks like someone read the drawing inverse – could have been seating with all so much of curves! The division of classrooms in plan is so banal and unimaginative. Windows in the back elevation are as run off the mill. And the terrible columns in the auditorium!

  • Realllllllyyyyyy?

    This is so ugly. Grim on so many levels. Out of date Paul Smith style stripes, massive clashes in aesthetic. Arbitrary curves and awkward ceiling details. As for the typography – yet another example of the architects “I can do anything” ego in practice. So sick of this. You don’t go to a mechanic for heart surgery, why go to an architect for typography. All those years understanding foundations must really help.