Nestled among the sloping grass hills and sun-bleached soil of Lavale village in India lies the Avasara Academy — a school for young women. Created by Mumbai-based architectural firm Case Design, the four-storey building is considerate of its rural surroundings.



The school resides seamlessly between the outdoors and indoors. Its imposing concrete structure has no external walls creating vast open-air windows that welcome India’s occasional breeze, while panels of carefully placed bamboo offer shade. The structure is at the forefront of sustainable design, utilising the earth’s natural resources of wind and sun to heat, cool and power this zero-energy building.

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