The Centre of Hope in Tiruchirappalli is a mixed use facility housing a public dispensary, a community hall, a large dining hall, vocational training classrooms, an orphanage and a small old age home. The hot/humid conditions inform many of the decisions made with regards to the plan arrangement and choice of materials and finishes. Cost was also a huge constraint (at Rs.500/sft). All the main living areas were oriented north-south. Restrooms and deep verandahs were located along the western edge of the building. The region has very good quality bricks and a sophisticated tradition of brick masonry construction. Using the available skills most of the building roofs were made using brick vaults covered with broken ceramic. This roofing system serves as a good insulator and helps reduce costs substantially.