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Large school buildings usually grow in phases. This one is no different. The school has been planned as 8 fingers interspersed with small and big courtyards; all drawing filtered light from the north. The passage connecting these fingers on the southern side accommodates activity blocks of varying sizes and oriented in a playful manner. The fabricated bridges created for entering the classrooms make the courtyards very lively.

Project Specifics

Client: Maitry Education Trust

Site Location:  Plot No 369,Surat, Dandi Rd, Narthan, Surat.

Plot Size:  30,345 sq yards / 25,373 sq m

Construction Area:  63,000 sq ft / 5,852 sq m

Year of Completion:  2013

Services:  Architecture, Interior Design and Site Development

Team: Snehal Shah, Jigar Dalal, Hiral Patel, Anisha Jariwala, Namrata Sadakwala, Dhaval Padhiar, Gagandeepsingh Chawla

I distinctly remember that day in 2004 when I had gone to meet Snehal, accompanied by my mom and my wife, on the 2nd floor of Snehal Clinic. I was so impressed with the simplicity and authencity of the taste of his office, that I had no hesitation in appointing EssTeam as architects for my farm at Gavier, Surat. The planning was done, the construction had begun for my dream farm, but then some problem regarding land title arose and we had to stop work for 5 years. However, even at that time Snehal and his team stood by us and when we again started project, he himself suggested that this design is old we should start all over again on what we have constructed already. Then he completely redesigned the whole thing and transformed our old farm design to a completely different and a very innovative design using only wood and exposed brickwork over the existing plinth. Thanks to his attitude of giving best at all times to his client to meet their requirements, and at the same time exploring different materials, different forms and constant innovations, the end product came out wonderfully well. All along this, another aspect of EssTeam that is worth noting is their organization’s professional structure which is a rare thing to see in Surat.

— Mr. Amit Gajjar, Trustee – Millennium School, Surat.

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