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Unbuilt: BAREFOOT SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, made in Goa – Competition Entry for Serendipity Arts Festival

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BRIEF – to design an affordable, replicable, easily buildable module for a School promoting local crafts

OUR INTENT – to showcase the built-form as a live ILLUSTRATION, as one of the Goan Crafts

Conceptualizing on the idea of Build, Learn and Earn, where the natives build it, learn in it as also earn a livelihood through it.

Studio-UnAG-Barefoot School of Crafts GoaDESIGN – The school is envisioned as a composition of two linear pavilions, one housing the classrooms / exhibits, the other housing a large multipurpose space, the two separated by a green court. These pavilions are planned on a replicable cost effective grid of 4.5m, thus giving the flexibility of adapting to various site conditions, creating multiple iterations of the same base plan.

CONSTRUCT – The two pavilions are envisaged as an EPITOME of the regional architectural style, using the native materials, availing local labour of masons/craftsmen, sensitizing to the tropical climate.


  • builtform as an exemplar of local crafts

  • build, learn, earn

  • use native materials

  • embrace the tropical climate

  • apply regional construction techniques

  • promote vernacular architecture

  • create work opportunities for natives

  • reinstate Goan art through architecture

  • simple replicable modular planning




Exhibition Panels




Adaptable orientation of the builtform

Bamboo Screens with Planters as buffers, for minimum heat ingress

Well protected openings with large thatch roof overhangs

Green Court between the two pavilions, facilitating cross ventilation


use of Local materials with lesser embodied energy like Laterite (chira), Bamboo, Thatch

Terrazyme Mud Floors with bamboo reinforcement

Minimal use of glass, cement / concrete, aluminum


Conventional Construction Techniques, known to the native craftsmen

Minimum solid walls, lesser plastered surfaces

Linear Pavilions with Manageable short spanned structures


Well shaded, cross ventilated spaces with large fenestrations ensure minimum electrical consumption during daytime

Photovoltaic Cell Installation above Toilet Block

Reed bed treatment for waste water disposal from toilets

Percolation pits with gravel beds in landscape to recharge watertable levels


Replicable grid of 4.5m for the Pavilions, to adapt to various site areas and specific design briefs

Multipurpose large spaces in Pavilion 2, can further be subdivided using bamboo screens

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