Funding shortages demanded that this project be carried out in steps. Phase One has been completed and provides accommodation for 96 girls. Because of site-level differences, the building was divided into blocks connected by screened corridors: a single-level front block contains all common-use spaces, a services block and a superintendent’s apartment. Two three-level residential blocks have been built, and have different floor levels to suit their respective positions. The long, horizontal structure faces north, with a predominantly glazed front, protected from the sun by a dramatic overhang. Through a large reception area, the building gradually reveals itself: cheerful interiors with soft daylight, and enclosed outdoor spaces ensuring privacy and security, yet giving a spacious feeling throughout.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture