Student hostel

Sanjay Puri Architects 

The campus of Ganeshi Lal Agrawal University in Mathura – a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 150 kilometers south of New Delhi – includes this student hostel designed by the Mumbai-based practice of Sanjay Puri. Offering 800 rooms, the five four-story buildings interact organically, snaking in a way that ensures natural lighting and cross ventilation. Connected by a central corridor on each floor, the rooms have small wedge-shaped miradors facing the garden areas. Identified by color codes, the blocks join at their tips to accommodate the more public areas: cafeteria, lounges, reception, and gym. As for energy efficiency, solar panels on the roof and rainwater collection devices complement natural climatization systems..