42 MM Architecture Designs Cool ‘School of Law’ To Withstand Bhopal’s Harsh Summer Sun

42 MM Architecture Designs Cool ‘School of Law’ To Withstand Bhopal’s Harsh Summer Sun

Delhi-based architecture and interior design firm 42MM Architecture has incorporated various break-out spaces, staff spaces, academic spaces, a 250-seater auditorium, and offices of the University’s senior leadership while designing the unique building christened “School of Law'' for Jagran Lakecity University in Bhopal. Vertical ‘Barriers’ in the facade act as glazing support systems that help combat the harsh glare of Bhopal’s summer sun. One of the striking features of the building is its vertical circulation that has been inset properly within the building envelope to allow air ventilation and uninterrupted views of the forest greens. The firm has shared detailed info about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Take a look:

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The brief for the School of Law was to create a distinctive building incorporating myriad uses including academic spaces, break-out spaces, staff offices, a 250-seater auditorium, and offices of the University’s senior leadership. 

Surrounded With Lush Greenery

The building site was the highest point of a campus which is nestled amid a forest and it was only logical to respond to the unparalleled views and open vistas offered by the site itself while considering the spatial planning.


Orthogonal Configuration For Visual Connectivity

The School of Law embodies a puristic planning approach where function-driven spaces are organized in orthogonal configuration and interspersed with intuitive circulation.


Visual connectivity across a free-flowing floor plate is imposed with purposeful intent through unimpeded wide corridors that traverse along with varied functions and spaces. This visual connectivity is also incorporated in the vertical layering of the functions with large atriums and cutouts across floors. 

school-of-law-42-mmNot only does this open up the building but also helps engage the occupiers by creating a series of spatial experiences as they traverse through the building. The presence of the University leadership’s offices changed the nature of accessibility of the building and drove thought in the direction of creating multiple experiences to address the needs of the varied users and visitors. 

Vertical Circulation

The building’s design was reflective of an inclusive approach as opposed to a grandiose and imposing one.


This sense of inclusivity was realized through ‘internalizing’ the entrance of the building and creating a plaza around which the building wraps its arms.


Vertical circulation has also been inset well within the building envelope to give predominance to the occupational areas and allow for unimpeded views of the forest greens. 

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Ample of Daylighting

Protruding occupancy zones allowed the creation of multiple opportunities for daylight penetration and reduced reliance on artificial lighting.


The sense of layering of multi-format space across the various floors of the building interconnected with a series of experiential free-flowing spaces translates on the ground plane and in the building’s façade as well. 


At night this arrangement helps create an active environment around the periphery of the building by bringing light and a sense of engagement. 

Vertical Barriers To Combat Harsh City’s Climate

Climatologically, the building responds to the harsh glare of Bhopal’s summer sun by introducing vertical ‘barriers’ in the façade that act as glazing support systems while also creating a sense of verticality to the building.


The vertical elements are capped with a floating element at the roof level that introduces a termination to these elements and helps us stay true to the geometric purity of the form. The changing layout also allowed the creation of a multi-façade building that provided shade onto itself, created breakout spaces on lower levels and multiple terraces on upper levels.


High sun exposure facades have little or no fenestrations while other facades have curtain glazing. 

school-of-law-42-mmThis creates an intriguing and engaging play of light and shade, openness and privacy, exposure and respite, all across the building’s spaces. 

Project Details

Name of Project, Location: School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal
Name of Architectural Firm & Design Team: 42MM Architecture 
Client: Jagran Lakecity University


Structural: CS Bhandari
MEP: Design Center Consulting Engineers 
Contractors: Client’s in house team
Built Up Area: 50,000 sqft
Cost of Project: 1.2 cr. 

About the Firm

A multi-disciplinary practice established in 2005, 42mm has been specializing in Architecture, Interiors and Urban Design. Keen desire to depart from conventional models, a team of 25 plus architects and designers strive constantly to create projects that stand out because of the distinct approach towards design, detail and the latest technology. Firm is constantly at work on research, development and implementation of innovative and efficient design strategies. Additionally, the firm maintains a strong commitment to create design solutions that are individually tailored to suit the specific criteria for each project.

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