Designed by Studio Archom, the Yogananda Library at Shoolini University in Solan, India, is a four-floor concrete structure bathed in natural light. Its voids and volumes broaden to the terrace and become natural containers of light that also help control temperatures and climate inside the building.
The building, which physically manifests the philosophy of the biotechnology campus, starts as a narrow strip of an extruded, shaded space on the lower two floors. This part of the structure houses research cells and discussion areas for senior students and faculty. The two upper floors are made deeper as the contours recede and the front remains aligned. This allows for the creation of a large central courtyard that pours uniform, indirect light into all the parts of the built floors.
The central area of the building was designed as a courtyard that connects the different voids and volumes. The spatial superstructure and the exclusivity of the height elevate the role of the library on the campus and evaluates the campus for its international sensibility. It gives the university an apt image; an ideal icon.
Photos by Mridu