“I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent Light. What is made by Light casts a shadow, and the shadow belongs to Light.”— Louis I Kahn
Lovely Professional University is seen as a epitome of urbanism, with humongous heterogeneity. The campus is a network of pedestrian boulevards with all traffic banishing to a ring of gigantic car parks. The structures have a hi-tech, crystalline quality, revealing the fascination with the natural sciences and the beginning of search for geometric order.
Created from unceasing masonry, and drawings on primary geometries with great circles, semi-circles and triangles sliced out of their weighty walls, the buildings manifest a timeless presence. They look like a brimming cosmic civilization
Long hours of watching the changing light play across the masonry, it makes one believe that the essence of architecture is only truly revealed in its raw state: devoid of function, a building could then speak solely of how it was made.
Behind the facade of neoclassicism, an understanding of the environment has been embedded into the buildings. The building’s perforated walls are a vital tool, protecting the interior spaces from direct sunlight and allowing passive ventilation.
On a campus that is proud of its exceptionalism, an intrinsic flyover is one more thing to feel remarkable about. An underpass below the flyover allows the students to opt for a shortcut and pass by a massive structure and surprises them with utter beauty of the landscaping on both its ends.
Each time one walks in and out of a classroom, or the library, or a long corridor, or through a hidden walkway under the ramp, the architecture plays little tricks on you, lavishing you with light one moment and a slab of shadow the next. These tricks, these seductions, have created a campus in which the private spaces are uniquely contemplative and quiet, while the public ones exploded with life and activity.
Unlike the modern architecture of this day, the LPU campus has downplayed steel and glass and has chosen bricks and concrete for its being. After walking through the campus, one realizes that far from being a mute building material, brick has got quite a story to tell.
By Deepika, IDEARCH Architects, Jalandhar, Punjab