AD Classics: Chandigarh Secretariat / Le Corbusier

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This AD Classic was done in collaboration with John Rizor.

Taking over from Albert Mayer, produced a plan for on the foothills of the Himalayas that conformed to the modern city planning principles of Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM), in terms of division of urban function, an anthropomorphic plan form, and a hierarchy of road and pedestrian networks, Inherently, the Secretariat building is the largest edifice in the Capitol Complex and is the headquarters of both the Punjab and Haryana governments.

Le Corbusier’s plan for the capitol consisted of four buildings (or “edifices”) and six monuments arranged on a single site, loosely conceptualized as three interlocking squares. Only three of these four buildings were ever realized (the High Court, the Legislative Assembly, and the Secretariat) and were designed to represent the major functions of democracy — the fourth building, the Governor’s Palace, was never built.

More information after the break.

Rishikesh House / Rajiv Saini

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Architects: Mr. Rajiv Saini
Location: Rishikesh,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

ArchiCAD BIM Provides Competitive Edge for Conceptual Design

Sahana Tower - Orcutt|Winslow

Phoenix-based Orcutt|Winslow (O|W) has been hired to design a verdant, green residential tower that will soar into the sky above , . The project, currently in a conceptual phase, addresses ’s burgeoning housing demand by creating an alternative to ’s densely-packed extensive horizontal communities, which have erased the once-lush tropical landscape. Embracing a trend toward vertical development, the design provides opportunities to re- introduce nature at the ground plane and improve the quality of life for residents. Offering breathtaking views of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link to one side, as well as panoramic views of the city, Sahana Pride at Sion encompasses a challenging and compact footprint. O|W focused the building design on allowing residents to reconnect with nature, despite being located in the center of a bustling city such as . Rising from a strong base, surrounded with vegetation, the proposed building expands to provide a wide range of activity spaces.

Urban Paradox / MADe

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Architects: MADe
Location: ,
Collaborators: Srikanth Inti, Naveen Akkina
Interior Fit-outs: DCOOP
Structural Engineer: Civil-Aid
Project size: 19,500 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: MADe

Student Hostels / DCOOP

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Architect: DCOOP (Design Cooperative)
Location: , Andhra Pradesh, India
Project Team: Quaid Doongerwala with Tapasya Katta, Tapasi Mittal
Structure Engineer: Sanjay Chikermane
Plumbing & Electrical Engineer: Synergy Consultants
Contractor: SVEC Hyderabad
Project Management: University Engineering Dept.
Site Engineer: Mohammed Nawaz
Project Area: 2050 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Rajesh Vora

School of Sciences / DCOOP

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With its varied courtyards, terraces, columned halls, entries and playful movements, the School of Sciences is a journey of discovery. While the solemn front of the structure conveys the image of serious academic pursuit that the university stands for, the building itself is centered around its users–faculty and students.

Architect: DCOOP (Design Cooperative)
Location: , Andhra Pradesh, India
Project Team: Shilpa Ranade and Quaid Doongerwala with Abhijit Doshi, Shweta Ketkar
Structure: Sanjay Chikermane
Plumbing & Electrical: Synergy Consultants
Contractors: SVEC Hyderabad
Project Management: University Engineering Dept.
Site Engineer: Mohammed Nawaz
Project Area: 18000 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Rajesh vora

AD Classics: Lotus Temple / Fariborz Sahba

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Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi,  is a house of worship that was designed by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba and completed in 1986.  The temple is one of eight Bahá’í House of Worship facilities in the world and has welcomed over 70 million visitors since its completion, making it one of the most frequented architectural landmarks in the world.  From a denominational standpoint, the Lotus temple is open to all practitioners regardless of religious affiliation and functions more as a gathering place of worship to interested visitors.

AD Classics: Sangath / Balkrishna Doshi

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‘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.

AD Classics: Kanchanjunga Apartments / Charles Correa

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By developing climatic solutions for different sites and programs, Indian architect Charles Correa designed the Kanchanjunga Apartments. Located in , the U.S. equivalent of New York City in terms of population and diversity, the 32 luxury apartments are located south-west of downtown in an upscale suburban setting embodying the characteristics of the upper echelon of society within the community. The Kanchanjunga Apartments are a direct response to the present culture, the escalating urbanization, and the climatic conditions for the region. They pay homage to the vernacular architecture that once stood on the site before the development in a number of ways. More on Kanchanjunga Apartments after the break.

AD Classics: Palace of the Assembly / Le Corbusier

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One of Le Corbusier‘s most prominent buildings from , the Palace of the Assembly in boasts his major architectural philosophies and style. Le Corbusier‘s five points of architecture can be found within the design from its open plan to the view of the Himalayan landscape. The program features a circular assembly chamber, a forum for conversation and transactions, and stair-free circulation. More information and images of the Palace of the Assembly after the break.

Delhi Art Gallery Re-Design / Abhhay Narkar

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Architects: Vertex Inc / Abhhay Narkar
Location: ,
Design Team: Dushyant Bansal, Shariq Khan
Graphics: Priyanka Sharma, Sameer Rajadnya
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 9,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Vertex Design

House of Pavilions / Architecture Paradigm

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Architects: Architecture Paradigm
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Architecture Paradigm

In Progress: The Capital / James Law Cybertecture International

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Architects: James Law Cybertecture International
Location: ,
Project Area: 66,347 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of James Law Cybertecture International

Cybertecture is the ultimate expression of innovative art married with functional needs in consideration of the environment and humanity. The new commercial complex located in Mumbai, India ”The Capital” deliberately reveals her calmness, gracefulness and elegance. It is an extremely challenging work to develop a revolutionary design concept for an office with AAA- grading and achieving over 80% efficiency simultaneously. It integrated the sustainable concept, form and functionality that inspire the office building design and urban context in India like never before.

The Summit / Studio Decode

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Architects: Studio Decode
Location: ,
Project Team: Ashok Dutta, Meghana Dutta, Sundar Ganesh, Aravinda Devarai
Project Area: 1750 sqm
Photographs: Studio Decode

Parinee I / James Law Cybertecture International

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Architects: James Law Cybertecture International
Location: , India
Client: Parinee Developers Pvt Ltd.
Photographs: Courtesy of James Law Cybertecture International

Parinee I is a 21st century office tower designed by world renowned architect James Law of James Law Cybertecture International at the heart of Mumbai, India. Uniquely, this dynamic 160 meter tall tower is designed to provide ultra modern office spaces for a wide range of business occupants including the creative industries of the India movie business. Not only can the building form provide different views and experience from the office space inside, the diagonal façades are also installed with LED screen for film and graphic projection.

Dinesh Mills Bungalow / atelier dnD

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Architects: atelier dnD
Location: ,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 6,000 sqf
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

The Park Hotel / Skidmore Owings & Merrill

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Architects: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Location: Hyderabad,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 531,550 sqf
Photographs: Robert Polidori, Pallon Daruwala, Bharath Ramamrutham

Aura Spa at the Park Hotel / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: , India
Design team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand and Dhaval S.
Photographs: Bharath Ramamrutham