Stone pillars support the bamboo trusses of the thatched roof. From the administration building, one enters the main street, which slopes downward, past dormitories or ‘Namma Mane’, the clinic, the library, field activists’ houses, their projecting verandahs and interesting nooks ‘and corners. The street pauses in a ‘village square’, which is shaded by trees and overlooked by verandahs. The ‘village tower’ which houses the water tank above abuts this space. This is the only ‘high-rise’ building here! ‘Namma Mane’ or the dormitories have been designed like houses for fifteen children, where each child has a built-in niche to organise his / her belongings, and as a space for expression. These dormitories serve as classrooms in the day and as sleeping spaces in the night. The courtyarUntitled-1ds in front of the dormitories are used as spillover spaces and for the various activities that the children are involved in.
There are six dormitories in all, built in soil cement blocks, and Mangalore tiled roofs. The walls are 9″ thick with 41/2″ butts at intervals to form the niches for individual children. Cuddapah shelves are used for this purpose. Light filters in through skylights and jaali windows, which are settled in niches that also form seats. Ten guest cottages were built as part of the second phase and accommodate resource persons or guests. With a plan to have a low mud wall enclosing the area or privacy, a part of the ground floor is oNH-Plann stilts to serve as gathering space. The rooms are in groups of two with a common toilet. Balconies on the first floor and the verandahs below overlook the landscaped courtyard. The structures are built in soil cement blocks, which the children made on the site, laterite, stone blocks, slabs, brick and mud. The roofs are mostly Mangalore tiles but a few buildings required concrete roofs, and here, filler slabs have been used. Country wood and treated casuarina poles have been used for the tile roof frame. Antique carved wood has been recycled and used as pillars and windows.