Castro Café is located in a University Campus in New Delhi, India and it was designed by the Romi Khosla Design Studios in 2010 as a social hub for the campus.
The project spreads over a surface of 890 square meters and it is near the Auditorium, Cultural Center and Mass communication venue. Although the conditions of the region are extreme since summer can have temperatures of over 45 degrees centigrade and winters go below 5 degrees, most student canteens in the country don’t have any air-conditioning and are poorly ventilated.
The designers proposed a semi-open air café which allows good natural ventilation and several degrees of shade to protect from the sunlight. The kitchen is toward the east and it is the only fully enclosed space.
The boundaries between outdoors and indoors aren’t really clear in the rest of the space since the eating areas are only partially enclosed. The walls and roof have small openings between them to improve ventilation and this cafeteria is the first steel building on the university campus.