The brief called for a flexible design, wherein the spaces needed to be multi-purpose and could be easily phased. After numerous interactions with the children and the members of CWC, the concept of designing the Centre like a village evolved. NB-PlanWithin this framework, all requirements would be accommodated with room for further organic development. The children also gave insights into their lifestyle and what they were comfortable with, which further reinforced the ‘village’ theme. Another important aspect was that the Centre was to be a ‘live’ experiment, using, appropriate construction technology’, built by the children, who would learn as they built their village.
The land that made up the site measured six acres and was almost barren with a slope towards the west-southwest.As one enters Namma Bhoomi, the road leads you to the main core of the centre, the ‘Namma Halli’ or ‘our village’ to the left, or one can move further on past the amphitheatre, the workshops, to the study centre and guest cottages at the far end of the campus. Two residences for the staff are also located on corners of the land. Namma Halli is designed around a meandering street, alongside which most of the facilities are planned. “The street runs east to west, with the structures arranged to form courtyards. Their angled manner of arrangement shades the street for most of the day,” says Jeeth. The administration building planned at the entrance of Namma Halli is built with laterite walls and a country tile roof.