Sanjay Udamale Architects' design of the Central Library of IIT Bombay is a dialogue between the inside and the outside
Designed by Sanjay Udamale Architects, the architecture and interiors of the Central Library of IIT Bombay, is a conɵnuous dialogue between the inside and the outside with its ample natural light, coordinated white and pastel shades, textures and material
The Central Library of IIT Bombay is one of the India’s largest libraries of Science, Engineering and Technology. Located in the heart of the campus, the 90,000 sq.ft building accommodates over 5,00,000 books, journals etc. All library administrative office functions are brought together, while a digital knowledge lab, a language lab, a 24x7 reading hall, and a new entrance hall have been added, with the additions built around the existing trees. The building integrates seamlessly with the existing building both externally and internally. Redesigned as an open plan, it offers views across the various spaces and surrounding greens, including the central courtyard which has three large trees with a garden on two levels, and a cafe opening out to the lower level, with informal seating on the steps. The library is in pristine white and set amidst lush green surroundings with solar protection fins. Care is taken that the site ecology and microclimate is maintained and enhanced. Natural light is used as the main design tool. The green surroundings are preserved to keep microclimate cool and reduce heat loads. Deep shaded windows, large overhangs for sun heat and glare protection reduce heat loads and maximum natural ventilation lower energy consumption throughout the
life cycle of the buildings. The south facade of the building is protected from rain and sun with RCC fins. The main entrance is a large RCC canopy above a glass box. Easy circulation is organized in the floors aligning the movement horizontally as a complete loop around every floor of the building and connected vertically at the four corners by staircases. A staircase in granite leads to the upper level periodical hall. The vertical expansion at the topmost floor is a lightweight metal frame structure with light metal roof and aluminium cladding. It has external elevations with glazed walls. In fact, ample use of glass has been made for letting in day light and views of the greenery outside. Some of the external areas are clad in metal sheets combining the texture of corrugated metal with sand plaster finishes of solar protection fins. Along with metal for a lightweight structure, roofing and wall cladding, and glass, the materials are easy to work with and maintain.