The Indian School of Business is the preeminent business school in the country and has consistently ranked in the top 20 in the world by the London Financial Times. To further establish the institution as a global leader in business education, Perkins Eastman was commissioned to design their second campus in Mohali, India. The 28-hectare (70-acre) campus is designed to accommodate 1,200 residential students enrolled in ISB’s one-year graduate program. The campus is comprised of academic buildings, theater, dining venues, an executive conference/hotel center, sports and recreation facilities, student and faculty residences.
The design of the campus focuses on creating outdoor learning environments through the formation of shaded courtyards and quadrangles to maximize informal interaction between students and faculty. The academic buildings were designed on an orthogonal grid under a common hypostyle hall roof, which provides shading to the buildings and outdoor courtyards and protection from rain during monsoon months. Housing is organized into a series of small clusters, for which centralized courtyards are formed by a more informal placement of surrounding buildings. The intention is to reinforce the notion of team building with the architecture providing communities, or places within spaces. The entire academic area is a pedestrian zone and vehicle free.
The overall project is designed to achieve LEED Gold status, utilizing mostly passive strategies, with focus on building-orientation and sun shading. Active strategies for solar water heating, geothermal cooling and rain water harvesting are also in place.