Anugrah, meaning 'blessing' in Hindi, is a centre for disabled children and young people in the communities nearby, and is run as a community health programme of Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA). For 15 years the project has hosted daily classes, workshops, training, physiotherapy and occupational therapy for children with a wide range of disabilities. The new development links to the existing on all levels, and allows for wheelchair access to both buildings.
On the ground floor of the building there is a new fully equipped orthotics clinic and workshop (for making and fitting custom prosthetics), and a carpentry workshop to make custom wheelchairs and aids. Up on the first floor there are three classrooms and two family size accessible apartments for staff families and visitors. The roof terrace will features a sensory garden, and a solar heating plant.
Set near the foothills of the Himalayas in north India, the area experiences severe summers, cold winters, and heavy monsoons. The design had to respond to these extremes, as well as meeting the highest standards possible for accessibility. The project aimed to set a benchmark for accessible construction for EHA, holistically taking into consideration the accessibility of colour, texture, dimensions, contrast, and fittings.
The photos show the building just before completion, with external shading fins and roof terrace still under construction.