Doaba Public School, Parowal, is located in a remote village in Punjab, India . The school has over 2500 students from over 100 villages. School busses are  the primary mode of transport for all of them as they are scattered away from each other, the farthest being 50 kms away.

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Project Name – Bavilion
Architect /Architect Firm – Studio Ardete
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Completion Year – 2018
Built Area – 30 SQM
Project Location – Garhshankar (Punjab)India.
Photo Credits – Ar.Purnesh Dev Nikhanj.(
Lighting Consultant – The Luminars (Mr.Tajender Kalsi)
Structural Consultant – Continental Foundation (Mr.Vikas Bhardwaj)
Fabricator – BNK Dome And Archi (Mr.Naresh Anand)
Project Management – R.K Traders (Mr Vijay Singh)
Graphic Consultant – Design Flyover (Miss Shreya Sharda ,website –
Design Team – Ar.Prerna Kaleru,Anusha Sharma, Ramandeep Singh Rathour,Sanchit Dhiman, Palak Puri, Abhimanyu Sharma

Bavilion By Ardete - Sheet3A 20 year old school bus, which ended its permitted life time as a vehicle, had to undergo mandatory disposal. The bus was special to the school as it belonged to the first fleet of buses,  which now has over 50 buses. The brief was to explore a possibility to reuse it in way that it could once again be made useful to the school.

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A pavilion was evolved, utilizing the outer structure of the bus and a triangular prismatic volume. The two volumes were intersected and juxtaposed, so as to make the space more interactive and useful all around, rather than making use of the inside alone.  The roof of the bus was converted into a deck which was accessible with steps that also formed a small Open Air Theatre. The deck was inspired by the curiosity of kids and adults alike, focusing on how they felt to stand on top of a bus. The space might be small, but it interests the imagination of the people who gain spectacular views of the surrounding fields from standing over the deck.

Bavilion By Ardete - Sheet4The inside of the bus was utilized as a display, documenting the journey of four decades that the school has witnessed. The small space was designed with multi-facetted white surfaces with panels oriented in line with the field of vision of kids and adults alike. The original key elements of the bus, the steering wheel and the driver seat are still kept intact, to let the children interact with the same. The external open air theatre and the deck is designed to host several formal as well as informal events for both students and teachers.

The structure is used as a breakout space and congregation space for students and teachers. The visitors and parents come to visit the gallery and the architecture as  the concept of a bus as a building is very unique to them. It brings them back to their roots. The traditional villages have always believed in circular economy but over the years trying to imitate cities due to their aspirational value they are being converted into wasteful linear economies. The up-cycle ‘Bus-Building’ helps reinforce their trust in a traditional circular economy.

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Bavilion By Ardete - Sheet5The bond shared by the school bus and the school has thus found a new meaning. After serving more than 8000 school trips and taking on the responsibility of a million student’s transfers, it finally rests as an integral part of the school. A play area, an open air theater, a gallery and above all a symbol that inculcates the importance of reuse and up-cycling in the students so their vision for tomorrow can be driven towards a sustainable future.

Studio Ardete

Studio Ardete is an emerging, internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary design practice. Since it’s inception in 2010 by Badrinath Kaleru and Prerna Aggarwal , both Alumni of IIT Roorkee , the practice tries to explore unexplored ways of space making and products . Making use of personal experiences of founders working across Europe and Japan, with Master architects like Glenn Murcutt, Dominique Perrault , the practice works on varied sizes of projects from small table ware to offices , private houses to hotels . Without any defined style, the context and the function forms the basis of design philosophy with inspiration from nature and culture, flirting with the boundaries of art and design. Major Accomplishments of practice include Architecture Master Prize 2018, a couple of Eurasian awards in 2018, published in Retail Design International, a German Publication, Exhibited Furniture collection part of Salone Del Mobile 2018 and 2019.  3 times finalist at the prestigious World Architecture festival, Finalist at Building of year 2019 at Arch Daily.

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Ar.Badrinath and Prerna Kaleru


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