Brief about State Centre for Science, Learning and Creativity
at Shogi, Shimla for Architects
The State Council for Science, Technology & Environment
Himachal Pradesh, in collaboration with Indian Institute
of Science Education & Research (IISER) Mohali and Department
of Education H.P, plans to build a Centre for Science Learning
and Creativity at Shogi, near Shimla.
The centre will provide an opportunity
to learn science, bring hands-on science education to schools
in Himachal Pradesh and will stimulate and transform the
creative thought processes of rural science students and
The proposed centre will encompass several
labs such as labs for physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics,
earth sciences, environment and astronomy. The building
will also house a Discovery Centre, an electronics &
computer lab, a creative teaching centre, library, a workshop
for model making, an auditorium, a science museum, class
rooms, lecture theatres and a dome theatre for mini planetarium.
The outside landscaping of the centre should include space
for a Biodiversity Park involving region specific biodiversity
and traditional/indigenous technology. Apart from the Science
Labs, the main building will also include a cafeteria, dormitory
and dining hall for students and accommodation for visiting
scientists and teachers.
Keeping the above requirements in mind,
the building for the Science Centre at Shogi should be designed
to attract the visitors to the world of science. The building
design should therefore incorporate elements such as natural
integration with the environment, using solar and wind energy
for ventilation, power and natural lighting. The design
of the space should be such as to deeply engage visitors
in a complex manner so that they are drawn to the centre
to get answers, evoke questions and make connections with
the self and the physical world.
The centre in its 0.92 hectare campus will
have various types of infrastructures and buildings specially
designed for its activities and labs. At a given time, the
centre should have the capacity to hold 200 participants
engaged in different activities. Every lab should be able
to accommodate 25-30 students each. The dome theatre and
the lecture hall should be able to accommodate 100 people
each and museum should be able to have about 50 people visiting
at a given time. The labs of each subject i.e. physics,
chemistry, biology, mathematics and environmental science
will also have a demonstration space with a capacity to
have 25 students at a time. There will be an outdoor lab
for environmental monitoring, solar energy experiments and
wind experiments. Web Learning Portals/E-material generation
lab with capacity to have 25 computers and a server room.
Library with a capacity of about 5000 books and e-material,
with seating and study corners for about 50 people.
In addition to the above science infrastructure,
the centre should have a student dormitory to accommodate
100 students, a guesthouse for 10-15 resource persons and
visiting scientists, appropriate housing for the caretaker,
offices for the co-ordinators, administrative staff, a student
dining hall and a visitors cafeteria area.