The Last School facilities needed to relocate to the Cultural Zone from their existing campus near Aspiration, and the design of the new buildings has now woven the various functions of the previous campus together. The Art Centre and the classrooms still have their own distinctive areas, pivoting around a two storey cylindrical block designed to house meeting and quiet spaces at the heart of the plan. The Art Centre comprises four interlocked spaces where art, sculpture and craft are taught and the central spine of the classroom area has been designed to exhibit the artwork of the students - so as they move throughout the day between each classroom they are immersed in an inspiring, ever changing gallery of their own creations. A surrounds the classroom block, and it is an experiment to see if the level can be maintained through a combination of recycled grey water and the rainwater from the roofs.
Architects: David Nightingale & Ganesh Bala
Sri Aurobindo AuditoriumCultural Heart of AurovilleThe Auditorium is an impressive structure with an iconic roof projection and a 650-seat auditorium that probably provides the largest theatre seating capacity in south India. Over the years it has been the scene of creative and innovative programmes plus workshops in music, dance, art and theatre. It has also served as a venue for national and international seminars and a centre for Indian and international films and film festivals. In fact, it has acted as the cultural heart of Auroville, and the main centre of the International Zone since it started functioning.Architect: R. Chakrapani
The Unity PavilionA Versatile Venue For a Variety of EventsThe Unity Pavilion, located on the Crown Road in the International Zone, was started as a seed and catalyst for the overall development of Auroville's International Zone. Today it consists of the Unity Hall, the Hall of Peace, office space, a Geodesic Dome, an outdoor eating space, and hosts a wide variety of events.Architects: Piero & Gloria Cicionesi