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Golconde: The Introduction of Modernism in India

Golconde: The Introduction of Modernism in India

Sited on the coastal edge of the Bay of Bengal, Golconde, a dormitory for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, was designed by architects Antonin Raymond and George Nakashima. Golconde is a remarkable architectural edifice, seemlessly negotiating between the tenets of early modernist architecture while addressing the pragmatic impositions of a tropical context. Espousing radical economy and uncompromising construction standards, it proposes environmental sensitivity as a foundation for the design process. Completed in 1942, Golconde was the first reinforced, cast-in-place concrete building in India and celebrates the modernist credo: architecture as the manifest union of aesthetics, technology, and social reform.

Credits, Contents and more photos after the break.


vir.mueller architects Photographs: Ashok Dilwali, Robi Ganguli Published by Urban Crayon Press Language: English



Preface: Kevin Alter

Introduction: Peter Heehs

Project History

An Architecture Made Explicit

The Legacy of Golconde


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Andrew Rosenberg
Cite: Andrew Rosenberg. "Golconde: The Introduction of Modernism in India" 10 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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