The Northampton Kutumbh (“Extended Family”) Centre is a mixed use development for the Hindu and wider community. The complex includes a Hindu Temple, a multi-purpose hall to cater for sports and arts events and traditional weddings, exhibition spaces, a crèche, teaching rooms and sheltered housing, totalling over 50,000ft2. The varied functions are divided into three main blocks, with the Temple set in a formal courtyard, enclosed by wings to each side.
The site is a meadow surrounded by mature trees. The design balances the need for formal expression of an important public building with a low key integration into the landscape. A series of colonnades, terraces and enclosed outdoor spaces allow users of the building to enjoy the setting.
The project is awaiting fundraising (2016)