Dhananjay Shinde Design Studio
Dhananjay Shinde Design Studio
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Udajee Early Years

The structure was built in 1920' as a boarding school for Maratha Vidya Prasarak, one of the oldest and largest private education institutes of Maharashtra. Time had taken its toll on the structure & it was lying in ruins since a decade. The institute wanted to start a kindergarten , instead of demolishing the structure we decided to preserve & nurture it. Originally, two individual c shaped buildings existed on site divided by a road leading to the workshop area beyond.so there was a lot of thoroughfare and the buildings were fragmented. By providing an alternative road to the workshop we managed to cordon of the entire area between two structures by introducing walls on the North and South faces. A huge pedestrian plaza is thus created, highlighted by a amphitheater in the center and garden areas on the sides. Thus a nice public space is created. The basalt stone walls have started breathing again. we have splashed some bright colours to allure to the young minds. The class rooms are simple , airy n well lit. The long cozy verandahs have become informal classrooms. All the existing trees have been protected and some of them have in fact been given a new lease of life. Along with the restoration work, the pedestrian plaza with outdoor amphitheatre, garden areas with large shady trees, long verandahs contribute to the city’s much starved public spaces. It also enhances the existing structure while making a meaningful intervention in the approach to history and heritage .


Udajee Early Years