Bholu 13 preschool is nestled within the Tahakar community on the western banks of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India This slum, also home to Bholu 4, consists of about 900 people with 94 children between the ages of six months and six years. The new Bholu will serve 25 of these children The site for Bholu 13 is located in the middle of the community tucked in a quiet, colourful laneway. Two surrounding trees form a beautiful canopy over the site. A vacant block provides an opportunity for the preschool to have an adjoining garden and playground.
Bound by solid brick walls on three sides, the biggest design challenge is ensuring adequate light and ventilation into the space. The new preschool will feature a floating roof as a means of responding harmoniously to the hot, dry climate. Visually, this floating roof will make the space appear larger, while also allowing glimpses of the surrounding tree canopies. The internal spatial layout will be kept simple with amenities to the back of the site and one large teaching space addressing the laneway. Reflecting The Angawandi Project’s philosophy of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, the internal floor and wall finishes will feature recycled stone, tiles, fabric, artwork and perforated metal.
Completed 2014 by Volunteers Jo Waterhouse and Susanne Pollmann