DIANA KELLOGG ARCHITECTS
Diana Kellogg Architects is an international, award-winning firm established in 1992 and has worked primarily in high-end residential design and non-profit community projects. The firm is committed to sustainable design, deference to an existing sense of place and history and creating spaces that provide for communal inter connectivity. Diana Kellogg Architects is a registered Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and the firm has won multiple international design awards.
Could you imagine a school in which students are studying in the middle of a desert where sometimes temperatures soar to as high as 50 degrees Celsius? An architectural marvel- Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School has already taken shape in the mystic Thar Desert region of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India. Designed by New York-based Diana Kellogg of Diana Kellogg Architects and conceptualized by CITTA founder Michael Daube, the school is built of local hand-cut Jaisalmer Sandstone amid the Desert. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) had a heart-to-heart interaction with the well-known NY-based architect Diana Kellogg regarding the creation of The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School complex, her inspiration behind using oval forms and symbols for the building and the challenges she faced while designing this, along with her architectural journey, her thoughts on sustainable design practice and more. But before jumping on the main conversation, get to know more about the project below:
As we all are aware of the fact that Rajasthan in India is the state where female literacy barely touches 32%, this school is an attempt to serve more than 400 young girls- ranging from Kindergarten to Class 10- with education and training them with the essential artistry skills. Interestingly, the famous Indian celebrity designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has designed the uniforms for the girls of this school. The school will be the first in a complex of three buildings known as the GYAAN Center, which also consists of The Medha - a performance and art exhibition space with a library I desperately wanted to create a safe haven for girls and I believed a saying I had heard in India: Educate a boy and you educate an individual, educate a girl and you educate a community.
Architecture Firm: Diana Kellogg Architects
Location: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Project Name: Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School
Photo Courtesy: Vinay Panjwani
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