Ahmedabad Gujarat 2006

Public Transport Raj Rewal

The Kahn building before the extension form of the dormitories from the old complex is taken up and used as a means of structuring the new functional areas. Lecture halls on the axis of the old classrooms are arranged as a backbone and guiding line, with the MDC and all the areas attached to it added at right angles on the north side. The student dormitories are arranged on a diagonal opposite the lecture hall axis, as individual halls of residence, similarly to the Kahn concept, but this time...

Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Center

74 Raj Rewal and Associates CIDCO Lowcost Housing Much of contemporary Indian architecture, though modern in expression, is rooted in its millennia-old past. Unlike modern architecture of the West, which started in a clean slate environment after the widespread destruction of the world wars, the architecture of India, over the thousands of years of its existence, is a temporal progression with many interventions that served as modifiers. The process of inquiry has been long and tedious with...

The development of Modernist architecture in India

Concept of Modernism in 20th century Indian architectural development remains difficult to grasp, as it was used within numerous stylistic developments, following the spirit of the day. Starting with the efforts made by Europeans in the 1920s, the idea of modern architecture as a revolutionary and innovative force started to make cautious headway in India in the early 1930s. But at that time any Western thought and practice introduced as a British import was seen as modern, as India had no...

Rahul Mehrotra and Associates Accommodation for the Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Cooling for rooms are crucial features of Indian planning, courtyards mean that air and light can be admitted indirectly. But Rahul Mehrotra takes up the existing air circulation on a hilly site and turns it into the highly dramatic and most impressive motif in the design wind towers capture the wind at great height and carry it down their shafts into the rooms, above all the bedroom accommodation. This demonstrates an imaginative approach to the ecology of a building, using nature rather than...

Ahmedabad Gujarat 2004

An everyday Indian world of magnificent hues, the sandstone, quarried in the vicinity, suggests historical Indian buildings and at the same time reminds of the nearby desert climate. The white of some of the interior plastered walls and materials like exposed concrete and stainless steel are reminiscent of classical-modern design principles. Modern details like profiling, material connections, door furniture and floor coverings show precise workmanship, but above all the intellectual intensity...

Belvedere and Tytan Apartment Blocks

Mumbai (Maharashtra), under construction window perforation corresponding with the internal function does cite functionalistic Modernism. The rhythm and dimensions of the balcony and window apertures were carefully adjusted to match the overall volume, and the fa ades are not dominated by autonomous formalism. Discipline maintains the upper hand. This formal thinking is intensified in a second design for an apartment block under construction in Mumbai. The tower is called Tytan, and also offers...

Karur Tamil Nadu 2004

Envelope rough quarrystone masonry In granite, which Is usually chosen only for foundations. The stone comes from the local quarry, thus expressing the link with the locality. Cost comparisons between the usual rendered masonry and quarrystone showed that both come out about the same, so the long-lasting granite, which needs no maintenance, was chosen. The trained local workforce was well qualified to build with it. The rough character of the stone which could have been forbidding, is combined...

Sustainable architecture an ancient Indian tradition

Ancient Indian spiritual thought integrates humans with the cosmos presenting an understanding that the processes of the cosmos are directly related to human existence. With this understanding, ancient Indian civilisation has always respected its environment. Typical principles include climate-responsive design, use of local materials, use of sustainable materials, water harvesting and others. Climate-responsive architectural design is especially sophisticated with thousands of years of...