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A new landmark

The National Institute of Design in Bhopal has been designed to be self-sustaining

The recently completed National Institute of Design in Bhopal is set to revolutionise design-based education in the country. Spread over 30 acres, and designed by GPM Architects & Planners is based on the premise that institutions are not isolated entities in their own context; they form an environment, precinct, or neighbourhood, supporting community activities that are crucial for all academic institutions. The spatial design of the campus aims at maximising opportunities for interaction, engagement an cross-fertilisation of ideas between different creative disciplines.

The highest point of the site is planned as the library, which is envisioned as the ‘temple of knowledge’. The interiors of the classrooms and workshops have been carefully designed, keeping in mind the requirements of a new age design studio, making them collaborative, interactive and adaptable.

Conceived to be self-sustaining, NID has been carefully planned to account for future expansion and incorporates a solar passive design. Energy efficiency has been the core of the design process, aimed to reduce dependence on energy with passive solar techniques, attention to orientation, and by facilitating wind movement. The entire campus has been carefully integrated with green building strategies to minimize operational costs, thereby achieving IGBC Gold Rating standards.

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