Streets of Mathura

The Street is a students’ hostel located in the ancient city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The hostel derives its name from the traditional streets of Mathura on which it is modelled. Built with multiple floors along various blocks, the built spaces snake across a wedge shaped site twisting and turning along their length.

The project comprises of 800 rooms that is designed in four floors across five linear blocks. Sitting adjacent to repetitive hostel blocks on the east and west these new hostels within a large university campus create individual spaces within a discernible identity in each part of the layout.

The orientation of all the buildings is done with a view of generating large north facing garden areas overlooking a vast playground. In addition, each hostel room is punctuated with a wedge shaped bay window oriented towards the playground.

Each hostel room has openings in the internal corridor facilitating cross ventilation. The linear buildings create small break out spaces at each bending point allowing natural light into the interiors. Rain water harvesting, water recycling and usage of solar panels additionally make the project more energy efficient along with the orientation and facilitation of natural ventilation.

These factors create an energy efficient building minimizing heat gain in response to the average temperature of 30 degree Celsius for eight months of the year. Due to the ‘north-facing windows’ sunlight is facilitated inside the rooms throughout the year.

Two focal areas are created at the ends of the linear buildings to house cafeterias, games rooms and gymnasium opening into the north facing gardens and terraces. Each of the public spaces has a ceiling height of 20 feet. Each block is differently painted along with the internal face of the bay windows of the hostel in bright shades to create an identity.

The Street is contextual to the climate and the orientation of the site, thus creating varied experiences and changing perceptions of space in each part of the six acre site.

Sanjay Puri Architects

Sanjay Puri, the principal architect of Sanjay Puri Architects, India has been a speaker and a judge at numerous international architecture events including the Leading European Architects Forum, The World Architecture Festival and The Perspective PLAN events held in London, Amsterdam, Bologna, Milan, Venice, Barcelona, Singapore, Berlin and Belgrade. Winner of the World’s Best Residential Building of 2017 at the LEAF Awards, London and the World’s Best Future Infrastructure Project of 2017 at the World Architecture Festival, Berlin, Sanjay Puri Architects have now won over 114 international architecture awards and over 100 national awards.

The firm has architectural projects in Spain, Montenegro, Mauritius, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Montreal and Dallas in addition to projects in 40 Indian cities. With a diverse portfolio of townships, schools, hotels, retail and office buildings, they continue their quest for creating innovative design solutions that are sustainable on a large scale. Evolving design solutions that are contextual and creating spaces that revolutionize the way they are experienced form the essence of the firms design philosophy. 

Fact File

Project: The Street, Students’ Hostel

Location: Mathura, UP

Design Practice: Sanjay Puri Architects

Principal Architect: Sanjay Puri

Site Area: 6 acres

Built Area: 2,11,000 sq. ft.

Year: 2017