Modern Traditions by KlausPeter Gast

By KlausPeter Gast

In its advent, the e-book depicts the increase of recent structure in India on the grounds that independence in 1947. the most part describes the real trends of latest Indian structure in thematic chapters, each one with equipped examples. as well as the recent more youthful new release of Indian architects, it additionally considers the 1st post-independence iteration, together with Balkrishna Doshi and Charles Correa.

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Modern Traditions

In its advent, the ebook depicts the increase of contemporary structure in India given that independence in 1947. the most part describes the real trends of latest Indian structure in thematic chapters, each one with outfitted examples. as well as the hot more youthful new release of Indian architects, it additionally considers the 1st post-independence iteration, together with Balkrishna Doshi and Charles Correa.

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The very presence of a shimmering pool is enlivening, but the pool also suggests a cooling swim, of course. This “synthesis in blue” becomes the most expressive design element in the house. The architect very deliberately allows the cooling effect of this colour to dominate as a counterpoint to the outside temperature. In this house, colour is not something applied, but entire walls are “plunged into colour,” like the red in the corridor leading to the dining area. It becomes an integral part of the architectural sub-figures, and lends them an individual quality, but this does not break the whole composition down.

The halls at the junction points inside the structure and the special spaces like the great read- ing rooms, the central research and archive areas, but also the cafeteria, are given dome structures made of prefabricated lightweight concrete segments fitted together in a hexagonal and octagonal honeycomb structure. Rewal braces these domes with tubular steel systems that are also hexagonal and octagonal, acting as a substructure. The forces are dispersed via enormous tubular circles on piers. Here the architect employs classical Indian elements from Mogul architecture in particular, as domes were important features of Muslim rulers’ buildings.

This “synthesis in blue” becomes the most expressive design element in the house. The architect very deliberately allows the cooling effect of this colour to dominate as a counterpoint to the outside temperature. In this house, colour is not something applied, but entire walls are “plunged into colour,” like the red in the corridor leading to the dining area. It becomes an integral part of the architectural sub-figures, and lends them an individual quality, but this does not break the whole composition down.

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