|Type of building use: institutional building for visitors to Auroville
Year of completion:1988 – on going. Built-up area: presently about 5000 m2
but constantly developing due to growing demand
Plot size: 3 acres
|Location: Auroville International Zone, Auroville
Climatic Zone: Hot Humid coastal zone Actual Occupancy: normal days 2000 visitors / day and over 10,000 visitors during holidays and weekends
Actual Energy Performance Index in Not monitored.
Percentage of A/C and non A/C regularly occupied spaces: No A/C’s in the building since 21 yrs of occupation
Owner / User Testimony: The project is operated by 6 different users – Auroville information service / Matrimandir information service / 3 handicrafts boutiques / Visitors centre Cafeteria / Auroville Guest Services / Green Tech Park since it was opened. They continue to expand as the project is a “visitor’s magnet”............testimony enough when you know that from a maximum of 200 visitors a day in 1995 it is now a minimum of 2000 a day!
Awards / Green Rating / Energy :
- 1991 “Hassan Fathy architecture for poor” award from the Egyptian Government
- 1992 Nominated for the “Aga Khan award” Rating:
Architecture by: Suhasini Ayer / Satprem Maini
Structural Design by: C. Ramaradjou, Puducherry.
Services Design by: Auroville Design Consultants
Project management: Auroville Design Consultants
Contractor: We have been using many local petty contractors as the aim is to train along with the development. So each section of the project has been done by different team and when they have acquired the skills in the appropriate building materials they are encouraged to find new contracts. The 5 main contractors have been K. Selvaraj, D. Vijay, M. Murty, L.Alaganathan and Carlos / Ricardo.
Types of services offered. (Architecture, Structural, Services, Project Management, Contracting, Green Rating Facilitation, Energy Performance Simulation, Energy Audit…)