Wayne Head led the Delhi based design team appointed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to prepare a masterplan and detailed proposals for a visionary regenerative campus on the outskirts of Mandi in the far north of the country.
It is the latest in a new generation of Indian Institutes of Technology's being promoted by the Indian Government. The campus layout responds to the microclimate and topography of the steep site in the part forested hills of Kamand in the western Himalayan region.
Phase I includes shared state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops in learning houses situated on various levels and connected via pedestrian bridges. A market square forms the heart of the campus and creates a place to encourage social interaction and celebration.
The faculty staff housing element forms a retreat on the higher levels at the campus ‘peninsula’. It is laid out in a village setting offering fantastic views. Proposed building typologies echo the traditional style of Himalayan vernacular and strive toward a new architecture for the region.