Location of project: Banas, Palanpur, North Gujarat
Year of completion: 1983 
Name of client & consultants: National Dairy Development Board, Anand. 
Client: Banas Dairy, Palanpur. 
Covered Area -11,000 s ft. 

Field side elevations showing porches to the dormitory rooms
Field side elevations showing porches to the dormitory rooms © Anant Raje/IIA Publications

Two sets of class rooms with 24 participants residential rooms, dining verandahs and other facilities connected with regular Dairy plant. Buildings built with stone load bearing walls, stone quarried from places not more than five kilometers from site. Reinforced concrete floor slabs and loggias. Openings deeply recessed to shade from hot sun. Hierarchy of courtyards enclosed with stone walls, and openings with concrete lintels bent to span the openings. Building sited in wheat field. 

The concept is based on open to sky courtyards enclosed oi partly enclosed by stone walls. The courts form important places in the working of the institute as well as form link to various areas of living, teaching and dining activities. The bigger court becomes the amphitheater with grassed terraces linking the lower part of the contours The grouping of various activities that form the buildings are oriented according to the priorities of wind, light and shade. Thus the dormitories occupy the prevailing wind direction, teaching areas on the North side and the kitchen on the East side. The wall that forms the arrival court keeps the view of the factories on site away from the internal activities of the Institute.