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Youth center

Introduction:
Peace in the world is the most important
thing we have lost somewhere. To get it
again we must have to fight against all the
bad things, which affect it. Organized work
camps of youth, community services and
national development projects also enable
young people to develop in them a sense of
social responsibility.

Youth center can be considered as a


stage for the youth community who
belong to a particular area or even
outside for a number of activities to
be performed. It includes indoor as
well as outdoor activities. Its a stage
for collective youth strength,
motivated, mobilized and channeled
for their all round development as well
as of the society. The main objective
of the youth center is to encourage
and support active participation of the

In the year 1958, the first Indian prime


minister Late Shri Pandit Jawaharlal
Nehru extended his active support for
setting up of such a youth center in
India and this emerged into Vishwa
Yuvak Kendra , which was completed
and inaugurated on 22nd December,
1968 by Late Dr. Zakir Hussain, Even
Shri Rajeev Gandhi, the young dynamic
president of nation helped in setting up
a similar

Need for youth center:


We may observe that due to the
unavailability of proper channels there is
a lack in cultural, physical and sports
activities. The economical condition of an
average Indian family is inadequate to
sustain the all round development of the
youths at their level.
One more important aspect or the need
of the hour is restoring peace by
encouraging the participation of the youth
in the process of socially valuable and
nation building activities.

Case studies
Young mens Christian association:
Introduction:
the first ever efforts of organize
programmes for building the youth of India
was made by
Young men's Christian Association. It was
opened to all irrespective of caste, colour and
creed.
On 6th June 1844, sir George Williams started
in London the
Nucleus of Y.M.C.A, which is a world wide
movement of fellowship and has the heritage
of 145 years of service to the youth. The first
Y.M.C.A was started in India in Calcutta in the

Project profile
Project:
Location:

young men's Christian association


(happening place), Mumbai.
18, YMCA Road, Mumbai

Architect: T.L Virani & Associates.


Surrounding area: The surrounding
area is residential
cum commercial.
distances: access through 12 m wide road.
12-15 kms from nearest Railway
Station.
20-22 kms from Airport.
Commissioning of the project: In the year of 1990

The site:
The size of
site is large enough
to accommodate the
proposed building
and any possible
future addition on
the site parking and
out door activity
space are
programme.
The building attracts
all kind of people the
participant will arrive
by bus, or other
available means of
public transportation

Foot ball
ground

Tennis
ground

Main
building
Base bal
ground
Entrance
form main
road

Parking
area

Gym
45 x 70

Table tennis court

Swimming
pool
35 x 75
Gymnasiu
m
70 x 92

Lockers and shower


rooms
For men and women

Toilet block

Table tennis court

Administration

Recreational block

The planning:
The spaces are neatly worked
out considering the spaces. The
working spaces consisting of offices
having documentation and
programme division are properly
located on the Ground Floor as it is
easily approachable to the staff
members. As all the Sports activities
are provided on the Ground Floor
provision of Lockers and toilets is
properly done. The hole planning is
done considering the three main
blocks.
1. Administration block.
2. Recreational block.

administration block:

Entrance

The academic block consist


of offices where all the
documentation work is carried out
and the entire academic as well as
the management affaires are looked.
It has also a programme cell division
where various programme to be
executed are chalked out.
It consist of following divisions.
1. Directors office.
20
sq. m.
2. P.A. cabin
20
sq. m.
3. Managers cabin
20
sq. m.
4. Chief programmers cabin
20

Recreational block:

The recreational block consist of


Multipurpose hall.
Club rooms.
Library.
Restaurant.

Multipurpose hall:
A multipurpose hall measuring 35x 70
where various discussion and programme are
held and is used for informal mass activities
and also for banquet hall with Audio visual
facility.

Club rooms:
It is a room measuring 15 x 22 using for

Library
15 x 30

Administrati
ve block

Kitchen
and pantry

Restaurant

Club rooms
Multi purpose
15 x 22
hall
35 x 70

library:
The library is attractively furnished so the
people will want to go in to the library. The
library is design
20-25 sq ft/person. It is sufficient for the
furniture bookshelves and desk for the
librarian.

Sports block:
The sports block consist of
indoor games like Table Tennis
Gymnasium, Swimming pool and
Gym and as well as out door games
like Foot ball, Base ball and Lawn
tennis and volley ball.

Gym
45 x 70

Table tennis
court
20 x 45

Store room

Gymnasium
70 x 92

Shower
rooms
For
Men and
women
Locker rooms
For
Men and
women

Swimming
pool
35 x 75

Swimming pool:
Swimming is one of the beneficial
activity in maintaining the
physical fitness. It is a indoor
swimming pool measuring nearly
about 35 x 75 which is a
tremendous attraction to boys . It
includes the following.
Shower room:
approximately 10 shower head
provided spaced a minimum of 4
apart and 6 above the floor level.
For shower room floor construction
is provided with 4deep and 8-10
wide drainage gutters placed around
the parameter of shower room.
Dressing room:

gymnasium:
the Gymnasium is nearly 70 x 92
over all inside dimensions. Such a
hall will accommodate 50 x 84
regulation junior high school basket
ball court.
Floors and over head construction is
strong enough to support various
type of Gymnastic Equipments.

Table Tennis:
It is hall of nearly about 24 x 35
consisting of two set of the table
tennis. The flooring is of wood and
the walls are dark green to give the
contrast to help players to flow the
ball.

gym:
Measuring 45 x 70 the floor is
reasonably resistance surface and
the one wall is strongly enough to
support training equipments and
store room is also provided for the
storage of equipments.

Facilities and services:


Toilet blocks have properly provided on the
Floors with proper Light and Ventilation.
Separate entrance for staff members is
provided where a time recorder is installed in
the watchman's cabin to keep a check on the
punctuality of the staff members.
Parking space for 4-wheelar and 2-wheeler is
provided for staff members as well as for
visitors.

Positive and negative points:


The academic facility is properly provided and
properly located.
The sports block and recreational block are
properly segregated.
Enough parking space for staff members and
visitors is provided.
The restaurant is located on the midst which
makes it a little congested in recreational block
The corridors are not well lighted and
ventilated which gives it little dull effect the
interiors.

Project: young men's Christian association


(camp lakeside), Nilshi.
Location: YMCA camp lakeside,
Nilshi village,
Mavel, Pune
Architect: Christopher Charles
Benninger.
distances: access through
9 m wide road.
45 kms from
Lonavla Station.
100 kms from
Pune Airport.
150 kms from Mumbai Airport.
Commissioning of the project: In the year of 2003

structure:
The structure
is complete Ground
Expansion with
Subterranean Cabins
and Toilets. The design
is completely based on
the concept of Organic
Architecture. As the
Architect himself
describes it as AN
ARCHITECTURE WHICH
IS HARMONY AND
Plot area: 16,11,720
UNISON WITH NATURE.

Sqft.
b/u
area : 18,500 Sqft.

concept:
"DESIGN WITH NATURE"
DOING MORE WITH LESS is the main
theme of this small campus of tents,
underground cabins, multipurpose
spaces and a bungalow. It is an
organic design, which merges space
within the natural landscape. The
campus is more a rustic landscape,
than a group of blocks insulting its
organic ambience. City dwellers
come and go from this milieu to
meditate, to swim in cool waters, to

lake

Managers
bunglow

Security
cabin

Meeting
hall
cabins

Tents

Dining hall

Tents

Toilet
Guest
room
Toilet
Guest
room
Entranc
e

verand
a

Living
room

Kitchen

Toilet
Bed
room
Master
Bed
room
Toilet

Managers
bungalow

The planning:
The campsite measuring 80 acres, sits upon
a wooded knoll. Surrounded by a forest which
ascent down on three sides to the blue waters
of Andhra Lake. The vast mountains of the
Sahayadri Range create a dramatic backdrop.

The planning:
Parking some distance from the campus,
one walks up to a small plateau, that integrates
the cabins, sanitary facilities, multi-purpose
space, subterranean cabin and bungalow.
The human eye first perceives the place
as an open garden, with only a walled dining
court covered with a tensile parasol. Moving
through the tent platforms, the forest thicknes
allowing glimpses to the lake through the
dense foliage. The descending ramps,
disappearing under earth, tempt one to explore
what appear as entries to underground grottos
and caves. Yet on further exploration, these
leads into small foyers, and on into generous
rooms with generous glass wall opening out to

Sky light

activities:
Camping activities are undertaken for local as
well as for Giant Corporate.
It provides opportunities in Camping
adventure and personality development.
It offers facilities for playing new games,
training in first aid and life saving or organizing
a corporate team building event.
It also serves as a perfect spot for Dancing,
Sketching, painting, origami, paper Mache or
other Art and Craft.
It has activities like rock climbing and
rappelling, Kayaking, Rugged Trekking,
Cookouts Shooting, Treasure Hunt, Trekking and
night Trail.

The design:
The structure is complete Ground
Expansion with Subterranean Cabins and
Toilets. The design is completely based on the
concept of Organic Architecture. As the
Architect himself describes it as AN
ARCHITECTURE WHICH IS HARMONY AND
UNISON WITH NATURE.
The accommodation at Y.M.C.A is design for an
active lifestyle. All kind of facilities and
amenities are provided for a great camping. It
includes Cabins, toilets and bath rooms which
are Subterranean structures. A dining hall
covered with a translucent fabric tent as its

The design:
The dining hall is a Ground Structure with
kitchen pantry and washing space having a
Translucent Teflon Fabric as its cover.
It consist of :
Service dock
Dining
Kitchen.
Toilet.
Store.
Pantry.
Court.
Verandah.
Service yard.
Entry.
Earth mound.

Service entry

Entrance
kitchen

Earth
mound

Pantry
Dining
area
Earth
mound

Lake view

Dining hall

TEFLON FABRIC ROOF


DINING HALL

The Managers bungalow consist of :


Guest room - 1
Guest room - 2
Living
Kitchen
Verandah.
Entrance.
Bed room.
Master bed room.
Toilets.

MANAGER BUNGALOW

The cabins for accommodation consist of :


Entry.
Verandah.
Cabin - 1
Cabin - 2
Wash.
W.c.
Shower.
Pathway.

W.C.
Bath

v
a
r
a
n
d
a
h

Earth

room

Entrance

CABINS FOR ACCOMMODATION

Room

Path way
Bath

W.C.

Earth

Facilities and services


Adequate no of toilet are provided for the
people camping there.
Drainage facility is properly provided along
with provision for storm water drain.
The water storage tank for drinking and other
purpose is provided on the artificial wall meant
for rock climbing and rappelling.
Provision for firefighting is provided with
emergency alarms and water sprinklers.
Service dock is provided to the kitchen with
loading and unloading platform.

Positive and negative points:


The whole site look if carved out artistically.
The spaces are worked out so well that the
whole site seems to flow in rhythm.
As the site is situated as a hilltop the road is
quite inaccessible which makes it difficult to
reach there.
The Teflon fabric provided on the dining hall
needs high maintenance due to continues
depositing of dirt.
There is no medical provision in case of
emergency.

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