Monochrome images reveal the many dimensions of Bijoy Jain’s architecture as light interacts with surfaces of changing quality.
The wood contrasts against glass that reflects the landscape.
The pool makes way for a frangipani.
A composition is textures – the cuboid of the house is broken by a cantilever – a projection that becomes the balcony
Water carrying channels – remnants of an irrigated plantation co-exist and become a part of the landscape that composes the site.
The bath – thematic spaces that connect with the outside.
The cuboids set within the plantation – the trees render scale and enclosure to the site.
From the sea-side: the house is installed in the plantation.
On a wet day, the breeze flows through the façade – a breathing, permeable skin.
Water contained in the pool reflects the precise form of the house.
The complete transparency of glass and the selective permeability of the screens that compose the façade frame the trees and the ocean.
Made with skill, the house sits lightly on a hand-made plinth.
The pool – clear water on screed.
Water flows to the trees following a very subtle gradient on the site.
Spaces within open out to plantations on the site – the plantations, the well, the pool and the channel compose an intuitive landscape – a garden that has little human trace.
A simple cuboid reveals itself in many layers.
Monsoon has a very peculiar mood at the Palmyra House. Set in a landscape of a palm plantation, the house has a very tactile quality. The unique atmosphere that the landscape and the structures of the site compose is elevated by the strong monsoon breeze that blows from the Arabian Sea. Continue reading Palmyra House in Monochrome Photographs
The re-mastered book and film from the iconic travelling exhibition on Indian Architecture curated by Charles Correa.
The document was a part of the seminal ‘Vistara: The Architecture of India’ exhibition, 1986 that travelled the world. This is an attempt to resurrect and preserve one of the most crucial and complex comments on the Architecture of India. The exhibition was accompanied by this book and the Vistara film – a projection system – chronicling powerful ideas, elements and epochs that represented our architecture and the practice of habitat-making.
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Retirement Address by Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya
After more than 25 years of service to the school of architecture at C.E.P.T, Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya formally retired in 2013. This address was presented by him on November 19, 2013 at Piraji Sagara Basement at C.E.P.T.
A Conversation between William J.R. Curtis and an Unknown Indian.
UI You are known around the world as a historian and critic of architecture who defends quality against mediocrity, and who maintains a long view of events. In a recent article, ‘Nothing is Sacred: Threats to Modern Masterpieces in India’, (Architectural Review, April 2014)*, you have sounded the alert about the vulnerability of major works in India such as those by Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn in Ahmedabad, and of course those by Le Corbusier in Chandigarh. Subsequently in the Times of India you have argued in favour of the legal definition and defence of modern architectural heritage. What are these threats and what can be done to protect these universal masterpieces of modern architecture? Continue reading Protecting Modern Masterpieces in India
Book by Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan and Shilpa Ranade.
Reviewed by Mustansir Dalvi
Why Loiter? discusses the conventions and changing notions of women in the public realm. Reviewed here by Mustansir Dalvi, the book challenges regressive social structures that deter women through a notion of respectability.
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