ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION CENTRE , Auroville Botanical Gardens
The Auroville Botanical Garden (AVBG) encompasses 50 acres of arboretum, sanctuary and thematic gardens, specializing in the indigenous forest of the tropical Dry evergreen species of the Coromandel coast. The main focus of AVBG, apart from ‘Conserving biodiversity’, is ‘Environmental Education’. The Education Center was sited within the infrastructure area of AVBG and was funded by the Government of India. This center accommodates environmental awareness programs for Village schools of the surrounding region. It receives an average of 250 school groups every year. Using vernacular vocabulary, a contemporary architectural language was evolved. The main class gathering area is a large space opening out to the landscape. An attempt was made to diminish the distinction between the natural and the built environment. The outer plinth floats above the ground allowing the landscape to creep under the building. A water pond with an indigenous water eco-system is integrated within the building.
Construction Time 9 months Total built up area 425 m² Year of Completion 2008