Indian architecture studio Nudes has won a competition to design an eco-friendly school for Pune, a city in western India. Mumbai-based architecture studio NUDES is known for its focus on sustainability and learning.
The project is titled ‘Forest school’. The plan is to build a school covered in plants and a looping cycling track shaped like an infinity symbol on the roof. So the cycling track will also bridge the two towers.
The forest school will purify the air from the pollution that is affecting the health of the inhabitants of a city starved for cycling lanes and clean air. Pune is the eighth-most populous city in India, suffering from worsening air quality for years.
The conjoined pair of 32 meter high, six-story cylindrical towers will be wrapped in greenery. Stepped balconies on each floor will be covered in plants to create a vertical forest up the façade.
The school will have a double-height auditorium at the ground level and five floors of classrooms above it. But a service track will be available to access the plants on each floor without disturbing the classes. There is a plan to build a swimming pool and tennis courts at the basement level as well.
The vertical garden will not only purify the air around and provide a buffer for noise, but will also keep the building cool in hot weather.