NIIT University, Neemrana (2009); A response towards the question, “Do Green buildings result in sustainable development?” The master plan of NIIT, Neemrana offered possibilities to do much more towards making a sustainable campus by dealing with issues of social and economic sustainability as well because of the possibility of bigger site (400 acres). A building with an approach to natural light, ventilation and passive cooling strategies, resolving major problems regarding climate of the specified environment. Individual buildings cannot be expected to solve these issues but larger campuses and developments offers an opportunity of looking beyond buildings and that’s what NIIT, Neemrana did.

 

The 75 acre site is halfway between Delhi and Jaipur about 1.5 kms off NH-8. The high-density residential campus will be home for about 5000 students and 500 staff families.

The buildings are designed in the spirit of the master plan concepts of sustainability, student centeredness and seamlessness. In this phased development, the zoning system allows different functions to grow in a linear fashion.

Envisioned as a walking campus, a pedestrian spine running north south is central to the scheme. All student social activities are located on this spine. Cut and fill is minimized and existing topography creates interesting levels and a shaded link at lower ground level between the academic blocks. Buildings use natural light, ventilation and passive cooling systems. Undergraduate hostels are based on courtyard typology.