Mumbai – Architecture firm Nudes' nature-inspired construction aims to provide a healthy school environment for children from nursery age to 18 years.
Given the name Forest, it is the winning entry in a design competition for a new educational facility in Pune, India. The school will provide hands-on learning for children that highlights the interdependency of health and wellness and the surrounding environment.
It features two cylindrical towers wrapped in greenery, an infinity-shaped cycling track on the roof, and a swimming pool and tennis courts in the basement. Set to be built in 2021, the design is a response to the environmental problems associated with urbanisation in India. ‘The green live skin serves to purify the air from pollutants and related challenges affecting the health of the inhabitants of a city,’ says Nuru Karim, founder and principal of Nudes.
In response to a growing understanding of nature’s therapeutic effects, architects and designers are rewilding urban spaces. For more, read our Enlightened States macrotrend.