The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at Ahmedabad University exemplifies the typology of an academic quadrangle – a central courtyard garden, flanked by student and faculty rooms. Timeless yet contemporary, this cloister anchors a community of students and scholars. The structure compliments the sequence of spaces with an array of columns, creating flexible large-span spaces, suitable for an evolving academic program. The building circulation weaves alongside the courtyard, creating a dynamic relationship between landscape and architecture.
The galleries and corridors are designed to offer repose with a line of sandstone benches oriented towards views of the garden. The architecture engages an intense climatic condition with sensitivity, employing red sandstone screens to filter the sun while enhancing the play of light and shadow in the rooms. The landscape design evokes micro-climates within the building: a sunken garden “kund” is situated between the canteen and the auditorium, creating an informal gathering space for students. Concrete stairs weave a kinetic sculpture within the central courtyard, filtering light by day and emitting a soft glow at dusk.
Area: 23,000 sq.m.
Client: Ahmedabad University
Himanshu Parikh – Structural engineer
Jhaveri Associates – MEP services
Shaheer Associates – Lanscape architect