Safi Institute of Advanced Studies Headquarters
Malappuram, India
This is the focal point of an educational institute promoted by Muslim businessmen that will eventually comprise a full campus on a 250-acre site. Located at the highest point of the site, the headquarters is a T-shaped building, its arms stepping three storeys down the slope away from a large central courtyard. Additional courtyards within the arms bring natural light and ventilation, reducing energy costs. An iconic central dome houses a 100,000-litre water tank that will supply the whole campus. The building respects tradition both in the squares and domes of its design and in its use of local materials such as laterite stone and wood.


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.
Malappuram, India
Images & Videos
Associated Names
Completed 2005
Building Usages