The design of the classroom is modeled after a typical courtyard at Nalanda. Articulated brick pilasters alternating with recessed brick alcoves attempt to recreate the rich texture found in Nalanda’s architecture. Two rows of ornamentally carved glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) columns, simulating the granite of the original with a corbelled architrave above, flank the courtyard on each side. The arched, brick alcoves surrounding the courtyard represent the cells that were home to thousands of monks who resided here, in addition to serving as metaphors for “windows through time”, each one housing an artifact celebrating an aspect of India’s educational heritage. One end of the classroom is designed for the convenience of modern instruction, with the ancient seal of Nalanda carved in cherry on panel doors. The opposite end contains a scaled down GFRC reproduction of a portion of Stupa No. 3, the most famous and best preserved of Nalanda’s buildings. Seats for students crafted from natural cherry circumscribe the room. The courtyard itself is paved with brick pavers.