17 Offbeat Places in India Every Architect Must Visit

17. DakshinaChitra by Laurie Baker
The museum’s plan concept was developed by architect, Laurie Baker, without charging any fee, because of his interest in rural architectural design. Baker’s approach included the use of local materials and the adaptation of artisanal production methods suited to the environment. Benny Kuriakose was the architect at site.

Architect: Laurie Baker
Year: 14 December 1996
Location: Chennai, India

16. National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi by Raj Rewal
The primary function of the institute is scientific research. The programme contains laboratories, study rooms, a library, auditorium, a director’s house and lodgings for professors with families, married assistants and unmarried researchers. Each of these dwellings is in its own cluster close to the entrance of the site. The central building also acts as a gateway and its axis corresponds with the main spine of the scheme. Rewal conceived the ensemble as an analogue of a traditional town with courts, galleries, level changes and a uniform use of materials and colours.

Architect: Raj Rewal
Year: 1990
Location: New Delhi, India

15. National Science Centre, New Delhi by Achyut Kanvinde
The National Science Centre established in 1992, is a science museum in Delhi, India. It is part of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous body under India’s Ministry of Culture. It stands close to Gate no 1, of Pragati Maidan overlooking the Purana Qila.

Architect: Achyut Kanvinde
Year: 1992
Location: New Delhi

14. Sangath by B V Doshi
Balkrishna Doshi’s own studio, Sangath, features a series of sunken vaults sheathed in china mosaic as well as a small grassy terraced amphitheater and flowing water details. Having been considered the building that fully describes himself, Sangath is a complete combination of Doshi’s architectural themes from his previous work including complex interiors and structures, ambiguous edges, vaults and terraces. More about Sangath after the break.

Architect: Balkrishna Doshi
Location: Ahmedabad, India
References: William J.R. Curtis
Project Year: 1981
Photographs: Nicholas Iyadurai

13. Shantiniketan at Kolkata
Santiniketan (Santiniketôn) is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 180 km north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). It was established by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, and later expanded by his son Rabindranath Tagore whose vision became what is now a university town, Visva-Bharati University.

12. British Library by Charles Correa
The headquarters of the British Council in India are in New Delhi in a 1992 building designed by Indian architect Charles Correa. The front of the building includes a mural by British artist Howard Hodgkin.

The British Council was first established in India in 1948. Today it has offices in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune as well as its headquarters in Delhi. The Director of the British Council in India is Alan Gemmell OBE

Architect: Charles Correa
Location:  New Delhi

11. IIM Bangalore by B V Doshi
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore is a public business school located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Founded in 1973, it was the third IIM to be established, after IIM Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad.

Architect: B V Doshi
Location: Bengaluru, India

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