EN. NO. 10110036
Centre for blinds and
Visually impaired Indore
• Name: School For Visually Impaired
• Type: Institutional
• Location: Indore
• Client: Indore Development Authority
Site Area: 7.5 Acres
Ground Coverage: 35%
FAR : 1.5
Max. No. of Floors: 4
Sides and rear: 4.5m
• To design educational infrastructure for blind to facilitate
them to be the part of mainstream society.
• to educate the blind so as to make them independent
• To rehabilitate the blind so that they can earn for their
livelihood and be the part of society
• To help them emotionally, mentally, physically,
psychologically and economically.
ARCHITECTURAL CHALLENGES OF THE PROJECT:
• To explore the ways in which the design could be made barrier free.
• To study of senses used by the blinds.
• To provide simple and free circulation in an around building to make
movement easy and negotiable
• To give a rich environment in sensory stimulation such as texture,
sound, shapes, sizes and colors.
• To segregate pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the campus to
ensure extra safety.
Indore: Indore is a major city and commercial
center of the state of Madhya Pradesh,located
190km west of the state capital Bhopal.
It is also the commercial capital of the state and
has both an IIM and IIT located in the city. It has a
rich history and various historical buildings.
LOCATION: Indore, MP
It has a populationof 25,24,912. It is the largest
city in MP, the 15th largest city in india and the
147th largest city in
MP TOURISM OFFICE
VIEW 1- AGRICULTURE
VIEW 2- ROBERT
Location: Located in one of the prime institutional areas with
several colleges and schools in close proximity
Access Roads: Lies at the two (major and minor ) cross roads which
make it easily accessible by the blinds. Moreover the frontage and
visibility is ample.
Approach: Easy accessibility through the developed road network
via car, bus, taxis.
Heavy traffic during morning and evening due to schools and
Far from the main city.
• As surrounded by other institutes, good possibility of developing
a community space through it.
• Site lies on a corner plot having ample frontage hence good
views can be provided.
• With the inclusion of ultra modern technologies and design,
have a scope to be the best blind school in the whole Indore
• Increased residential settlements may cause problem of encroachments.
National Association for the Blind (NAB)- New Delhi
National Association for the Blind (NAB)- Mumbai
NAB Rehabilitation Center - Mumbai
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND -
The Delhi center is the head of all the NAB centers in India. An example
wherein the form of the building challenges its workability for a blind
Location: Sector 5, RK Puram, Delhi
Site area: 3456 𝑚2
Orientation: East-West Orientation
Climate : Hot and Dry Climate
Topography : Flat land
Ground coverage : 1053 sq.m
Built up area : 1912.5 sq.m
Circulation area : 20%
• The institution exists in 2
zones: South and north
which are the Admin and
• Open areas for playing
provided on the south
side adjacent to
• Separate access for
vehicles and pedestrians.
• Parking spaces have been
provided right at the
entrance itself. Thus
within the site ends right
at the start of the site.
•Circular planning , easy to understand.
• Courtyards, also serving as play area.
•Well seperated residential and school block.
•Introvert planning, children under constant vigil.
CASE STUDY: NAB, DELHI
1. Lobby 7. Toilet
2. Principle office 8. Open Court
3. Office 9. Ramp
1. Office (warden)
3. Entertainment room
• Separate vehicular and pedestrian entries.
• Parking restricted at the entrance.
• Efficient zoning of different blocks.
• Planning: Simple circular planning, easily
• Central court for physical training and other activities
• Non-parallel walls, good for acoustics.
• Service area easily reachable, textured tile provided
before any service area.
• Guiding textures tiles provided both inside and
outside the service area.
• Guide rails with Contrasting colors , easily
• Funrniture with contrasting colors
• Column in between passages create obstructions.
• Furniture not designed according to the circular plan.
• Cross ventilation is difficult due to disorganized arrangement of the
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND-
The institute is a combination of a training, schooling and
a residential centre.
Being a state centre, it comprises a braille printing press
and a talking library which is a unique feature of the
institute along with its school and training centre.
Site area- 3240 𝑚2
Orientation- North-East and South-
Climate - Humid
Topography - Slightly Sloping
Ground coverage- 1242.93 𝑚2
Built up area - 3671.63 𝑚2
Circulation area - 183 𝑚2
Architect - I.M. Kadri
Renovation / additions - Kapadia associates
• Divided among 2 wings, A & B with different
functions on different floors.
• Connected on 1st floor through skywalk.
• Single access point used by both vehicles and
pedestrians( 6 m wide entrance)
• There is a distance of about 15 - 18 mts which
has to covered to reach the built
CIRCULATION WITHIN THE SITE:
• The architect has tried to maintain a similar
circulation pattern (linear)
throughout the site and the built mass.
VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT:
• Parking for vehicles is provided all around the
built form and is taken deeper inside the site-
disadvantage for visually impaired.
Ground Floor Plan- Wing A
Ground floor plan- Wing B
Ground floor plan- Wing A
Ground floor plan- Wing B
First Floor Plan- Wing A
First Floor Plan- Wing B
• Access to site is linear without obstructions.
• Inside the building also circulation is linear
• Braille printing machines at basement
utilizing the slopy site and also cant disturb
the other department.
• The passage width is the same on every floor
and there is a lobby space (slightly wider
than the passage) at the start of each
• The arrangements of the rooms is also done
in a linear pattern.
• Braille signings are installed outside every
room/ area, Helping the blind to recognize
• Important areas like studio etc. are not
• No special wall or floor finishes used.
• The design is very simple.
• No color contrast provided for visually
• Not enough storage for Braille papers.
• No guide rails provided with the
• No indicators or beepers at the
entrance or near the lifts.
NAB REHABILITATION CENTRE- MUMBAI
• The center trains both the blind
and visually impaired for a normal life.
• This has been done by addressing the issue
at the psychological, social and vocational level
Site Area: 1580
Orientation: North East- South West
Topography: Slightly Sloping
Ground Coverage: 1500
Built Up Area: 1500
Circulation Area: 20%
Architect: Ar. Arvind Mamania
• Planning and Circulation: Simple and linear, easy to understand.
• Guide rails used for passages.
• Textured tiles used at change of spaces.
• Landscaping provided to help the blinds to differentiate between
• Raised Braille print plates used.
• Color marks are used on glass for visually impaired.
• Due to less space as compared to the number of occupants bunk
beds have been used
• Unable to assign different rooms for different activities of vocational
training, like, physical training.
• Gardenia Latifolia (Cape jasmine –Doodh mogra)
- Small deciduous tree
- Tree- leafless in March – April.
- Flowers make the night atmosphere charming with their fragrance during
• Eucalyptus Maculata (Nilgiri)
- Deciduous in patches giving trunk a spotted appearance.
- Flowers appears in April- July.
• Azadirachta Indica (Neemtree)
- Deciduous tree
- Flowering season – March – April
- Gives dense shade
- Gives smell
• Nyctanthes abor-tristis (Night Jasmine – parijatak)
- Large shrub or small tree
- Tree flowers profusely in autumn, which open at night and fall before
- Forms a white carpet below in the morning
- Gives sweet smell
• Millintonia Hortensis(Indian cork tree)
- Evergreen, columnar.
- Flowering – Autumn and spring.
- Flowers open during night and fall down in early part of the day
• Murraya Exotica (Chinese box – Madhumalati)
- Evergreen shrub
- Numerous clusters of flowers appear at intervals in summer and rains.