Indian Institute of Advanced Nursing, that located in Chennai, India, was designed by John McAslan + Partners Comprised of two buildings – The Institute for teaching and The Hostel for student accommodation – the IIAN is spread over a five acre site, dotted with indigenous plants and local trees with medicinal properties. These structures are both anchored by individual courtyards and arranged around a collegiate square, with landscaping – also designed by JMP – connecting the campus with the local community.
Responding to the humid local climatic conditions, the project implements passive design strategies to regulate internal conditions and create comfortable working and residential spaces. The two main buildings incorporate a heavy external skin and make use of reflective materials that protect the internal environments from receiving direct solar gain. The buildings have also been orientated along the east-west axis, allowing the south and north sides to be shaded effectively.