Designed by UCJ Architecture & Environment
Jodhpur city’s architectural heritage is so intense that any designer with visual sensitivity would get inspired. The University design not only involved designing of individual buildings and creating infrastructure as per architectural plan but also implementing the modifications over the years in the existing campus plan.
The overall profile takes reference from the region’s very hot and dry climate. To combat such hostile conditions, a variety of devices found in vernacular dwellings: thick walls, undersized windows, indirect entry of natural light and open passages are rediscovered. Bare walls, with their rocky texture reverberate images of the ramparts of the city fort standing in the background.
Aesthetics are derived from the texture and colour of the sandstone, without embellishments. Oversized masonry walls in lime mortar, deep set slit windows rhythmically placed, discipline the facades. Unplastered walls, revealing their rocky surface, hint at the inherent richness of the indigenous building material which is cheap, appropriate and abundant.
It is the densely packed tubular dwellings, stacked between the overweight parallel stone masonry walls, punctuated by tiny windows as a climatic response, opening onto unparallel deeply shaded streets, fading into intimate public chowks, which lend a distinct flavour to the entire city’s fabric.
To remain contextual, vernacular architecture was reinterpreted to evolve an austere design language that is not impoverished. Therefore, design of this University in Jodhpur creates an architectural make up that is still ‘robust, relevant and contextual’.
Architects: UCJ Architecture & Environment
Project Name: University of Jodhpur
Location: Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Status: Completed in 1999
Architect in Charge: Uttam C Jain