Case Design – A School in the Making

Opening Monday 18 February at 18:00

Lecture by Sam Barclay, Mumbai

Exhibition from 19 February until 6 April 2019
Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 17:30
Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00

Case Design – Avasara Academy. Photography: Ariel Huber, Lausanne


By bringing together a diverse group of builders, designers, farmers, artists, craftsmen, and engineers who share a belief that collaboration and empathy lie at the core of all good work, the Mumbai based architecture practice Case Design creates moments of hospitality, social interaction, seclusion, ritual, and including performance and comfort.

Settled into the valley slope above the small village of Lavale and still a work-in-process, Avasara Academy is a residential school for young women in India. The simple concrete structures that establish the built environment of the campus are designed for their economic efficiency as well as their flexibility and readiness to adapt. This rudimentary framework enables dialogues allowing everyone to participate in the process of making this school. A collection of indoor and outdoor spaces intended for a variety of uses, the campus is designed to give a sense of familiarity and intimacy to the young women living and studying here. They are made in response to what is already there; climate, landscape, materials, routines, traditions and memory. Nurtured and adapted throughout the design and on the building site, these spaces have evolved with the influence, expertise, and enthusiasm of collaborators.

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