IMI International Management Institute Kolkata / Abin Design Studio

© Pradip Sen

Architects: Abin Design Studio
Location: Kolkata, West , India
Architect in charge: Abin Chaudhuri
Design team: Abin Chaudhuri, Jui Mallik, Koushik Majumder
Project area: 11,000 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Pradip Sen

© Pradip Sen

Nature in its various forms has always been a constant source of inspiration to man. The sky with its various states and ever changing colors is one of the most dynamic elements of nature and is what has inspired the built form façade. The colored laminate with Vanceva PVB glass on the façade follows no repetitive pattern and is symbolic of the unpredictable nature of the sky. It also represents the vibrancy of today’s youth.

© Pradip Sen

The client brief required a management institute of international standards. Provisions for state of the art facilities and smart classrooms have been made for. The latest technological provisions in the institute allow for worldwide exchange of knowledge, through conventions and seminars. The architectural language of the built form is a representation of this. The colored façade gives it a unique identity and is the first of its kind to be built in India.

second floor plan

The site was a huge constraint and dictated linear planning. Special efforts were made to ensure create non-monotonous spaces which did not follow expected linear pattern. Circulations spaces and spill out zones have been created along the curved glass façade giving them a more interesting and dynamic feel. Emphasis was given to interaction points not just for students but also for the faculty encouraging exchange of knowledge and ideas at all levels.

© Pradip Sen

An integrated plaza with a water body has been designed. The water body receives no direct sunlight and creates a comfortable micro-climate. Wherever possible shading trees have been planted on the hard landscape and soft landscape has been introduced.

It is an institute that has achieved international standards not only by providing state of art facilities but also by having an architectural expression which represents that.

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Cite: "IMI International Management Institute Kolkata / Abin Design Studio" 04 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • munter roe

    nice work

  • up_today_arch

    What a colorful solution… good taste indeed…

    • Mon


  • Vitor Lucas

    the photographer got icredibly lucky with that sky! or is it photoshop?

  • Jean-Yves MESNIL

    beautiful :-) colors of life…

  • Retriever

    It’s a copy of Musac (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), by Tuñón&Mansilla.

    • tyler

      oh wow.. i wouldn’t say copy but definitely some similarities especially on that one featured wall :/

  • Philip

    nice building, but why so many staircases?

  • Comitant

    Wonderful shape, but did the architect spill a bag of skittles on his drawing board?