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t2 checks out a swank co-learning space

Openhouse, a collaborative co-learning space housed on the seventh floor of AC Market on Shakespeare Sarani, is the brainchild of two city-bred youngsters, who returned home with a new perspective after finishing college at Stanford University in the US. This fresh perspective is evident the moment you step into the 8,500sqft space — an open layout with colourful, relaxed interiors.

TT Bureau   |   Published 10.07.18, 12:00 AM

Openhouse, a collaborative co-learning space housed on the seventh floor of AC Market on Shakespeare Sarani, is the brainchild of two city-bred youngsters, who returned home with a new perspective after finishing college at Stanford University in the US. This fresh perspective is evident the moment you step into the 8,500sqft space — an open layout with colourful, relaxed interiors.

The common area has a pronounced NYC-loft vibe with colourful decor and an informal seating plan. Brainstorm for an upcoming debate or just sit back with a cushion while finishing your term paper, this space is perfect for all this and more!

“After experiencing the open environment of learning during our stay abroad, we wanted to introduce the same in our city and bridge the gap between teachers and students by offering them a space that encourages dialogue,” said Akshay Rampuria, one of the founder duo.

Unleash the Einstein within you in one of their classrooms or simply “ask” to receive lessons in anything, starting from arts and computers to yoga and Zumba, and exams such as SAT and GRE.

With 10 glass-paned classrooms, collaborative study areas, a common area, counselling rooms and a small pantry space, Openhouse has about 30 teachers offering regular classes, apart from workshops and sessions on everything, from yoga and music to art and science.

“The space has been done up in a way that makes learning interesting and is updated with latest infrastructure. The open layout and glass panes ensure privacy yet encourages collaboration,” added Akshay.

The pantry space, which they call the “honesty bar”, comes stocked with a coffee machine and a vending machine for snacks. There’s no fixed rate chart for the sip and bites, visitors can pay what they think they should pay for what they pick.

What: Openhouse, a collaborative co-learning space

Where: 7th floor, AC Market, 1 Shakespeare Sarani 

Timings: 9am to 9pm, every day

“We have learnt a lot from our teachers... but our friends also played a huge role in shaping us. We’re hoping Openhouse becomes a place where students come not just to study, but also to help each other grow,” said (l-r) Yashovardhan Poddar, 25, and Akshay Rampuria, 23, the men behind Openhouse.

Text: Anannya Sarkar
Pictures: Shuvo Roychaudhury



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