Bholu 6 is located on a corner site and has been orientated to address the street. An entry courtyard and a low level fence create a sense of entry and a buffer to the busy street. The pre-school captures the fine balance between a school as a public facility and the importance of a safe, peaceful place to learn.
Bholu 6 anganwadi is a simple but light and airy design with attention to detail and clever siting. Many simple and thoughtful architectural elements make the design sustainable and functional. Long elegant recycled windows with sun shades and ornate geometric patterns provide visual interest for the children, views to the street and excellent natural lighting. Gaps between the walls and roof combined with ceiling fans create excellent cross ventilation. The rendered walls also provide a cool, well-ventilated learning space in the stifling heat of the Ahmedabad summer.
To encourage visual learning, a local artist painted the interior walls with animals, objects, the alphabet and funny cartoons which encourage the children to clean their teeth and wash their hands to encourage good hygiene.
Bholu 6 was built by local builder Devgi-bhai and his team of masons and craftspeople.
Completed March 2009 by Volunteer Simon Hearn