Jagriti Enterprise Centre is a bespoke state-of-the-art incubation centre aimed at creating a strong enterprise ecosystem in small towns and villages of India. The first prototype in Purvanchal will cater to 70 million people. The mission of this Centre is ‘Building India through Enterprise’. The client is the founder of Jagriti Yatra – “Journey of Awakening”, the world’s longest train journey dedicated to social entrepreneurship.
Jagriti Seva Sansthan
Architectural Design, Master Planning, Sustainability Engineering – strategies for water, waste, energy, Thermal Comfort through Natural Means, Branding through Building Design
We found a magnificent 200-year-old large Banyan, India’s national tree, on the site during our first site visit. This was the only context on an otherwise ‘back of the beyond’ village surrounded by open fields as far as the eye could see.
The banyan tree being the national tree of India forms the perfect epicentre of the architectural design. A lotus pond is proposed underneath to reflect the tree’s aerial roots. Also, lotus is considered a symbol of the Buddha, whose final resting place, Kushinagar is only 40 km away.
A transitional axis connects the Banyan with a Park containing an inspirational museum in Railway carriages, catapulting from the client’s identity of the transformative train journey for social enterprise – Jagriti Yatra.
A large amphitheater oriented towards the Banyan tree, forms the heart of the campus. Steps gently leading to water reflecting Banyan’s aerial roots evoke memory of ghats at nearby city Varanasi. Spaces embody principles of solar passive design with light and air as essential materials of architecture.
The Centre aspires to be a catalyst of change for Purvanchal, steeped in challenges of degrading air, water, and soil quality, through instructive environmental design and minimizing ecological footprint. A comprehensive vision encompassing all aspects of Sustainability engineering was drawn up.
This project has also been covered in Trupti’s TEDx talk “Can a Building be a Person?” in Greece under the heading “Building as an Entrepreneur”. Please find the link here.