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Soumendra Roy

AR. B. V. DOSHI
.
Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi was born in Pune on 26
th
of August
1927.
He belongs to that generation which came of age just after
Independence, and which was confronted with the massive tasks of
constructing a new nation.
Doshis family had been in the furniture business for two
generations.
In 1947, he enrolled himself in JJ college of architecture, Bombay.
After initial study in Bombay, he worked with Le Corbusier in Paris
(1951-1954) as senior designer.
In 1955 he returned to India to supervise Le Corbusiers projects
in Ahmadabad and Chandigarh.

PERSONAL INFORMATION
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Doshi established the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for
Studies and Research in Environmental Design in
1955, known for pioneering work in low-cost
housing and city planning.
He believed in Architecture, for a place and people.
Apart from his international fame as an architect, Dr.
Doshi is equally known as educator and institution
builder.
Doshis architecture is an eclectic mix of style
and influences that make it unique.


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Hon. Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania,
U.S.A.
1990
Project Award for Excellence in Architecture by Journal of
the
Indian Institute of Architects
1991
Special Award for Excellence in Architecture by Journal of
the
Indian Institute of Architects
1992
Architect of the Year Award instituted by J K Cements 1992
Great Masters Award instituted by J K Cements 1994
Member, International Committee for preparing
International
Charter on the Education of Architects- sponsored by
International Union of Architects in association with
UNESCO
1995
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Aga Khan Award for Architecture
1995


Member of the 1998 Award Steering Committee,
Aga Khan For Architecture

1998

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Doshis Architecture revolves around six key principles
of design which find wide ranging resolutions appropriate to the
project in context to the place and the people.
ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNBUILT(ENERGIZING
VOIDS).
THE ORDER OF HETEROGENEOUS HOMOGENEITY.
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MYTH FORM IMAGERY PERCEPTION.
BUILT IN FLEXIBILITY AND OPEN ENDEDNESS OF
DESIGN.




ENCOURAGING INTERACTION THROUGH BUILTFORM.





RESOURCE CONSERVATION.


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The building profile will have natural light + air +
movement + access elements .

The building base will gradually widen towards the ground
through platforms, terraces, and steps.


BUILDING STYLE & FORMS THAT WOULD BEST
EXPRESS HIS IDEAS:
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The building mass will integrate roof,
rainwater, cascades, water bodies,
natural landscapes, gardens,
foliage.


The external finish of the building will
express one homogenous mass but will
have adequate details/ textures/ surface
modulations.


The main arrival to the building will be at a
higher or raised level- with provision for a
lower entry to express duality.

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Not all movements within the building will be symmetrical but will shift axis to give
unexpected experiences and provide ambiguous / dual impressions



And finally Aesthetic considerations will take into account
1- local symbolism
2- context
3-associations.
Casting of shadows, breaking of mass, rhythms in the structure, solids, voids,
will be the mode of expression.
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LIST OF PRESTIGIOUS PROJECTS
Site location Country
Arayna community housing. Indore India
Centre of environmental
planning and technology.

Ahmedabad India
Husain-doshi gufa art gallery. Ahmedabad India
Indian institute of managment Bangalore India
Institute of indology Ahmedabad India
National Institute of Fashion
Technology
New Delhi India
Sangath Ahmedabad India
Udayan - The Condoville Kolkata India
year
1989
1968
1993
1963
20
th
century
1994
1980s
1997
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Husain-doshi gufa art gallery.
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Indian institute of management
Institute of indology
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National Institute of
Fashion Technology
Sangath
SANGATH
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Client: Balkrishna Doshi
Location:Ahmedabad, India .
Date : 1980.
Building type : commercial.
Building Usage :office building/complex
Site Area: 2346 m2
Total Built-up Area: 585 m2


PROJECT DETAILS:

SANGATH:
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Inspired by the earth-hugging forms of the Indian vernacular, it
also draws upon the vault suggestions of Le Corbusier.

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Plan of studios
1. Forecourt
2. Pond
3. Amphitheatre
4. Entrance court
5. Reception
6. Workshops
7. Conference
8. Toilets
9. Architects office
10. Subterranean
meeting room
11. Engineers
12. Design studio
13. Library
14. Studio
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Section-BB
Construction of the
barrel vault
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NIFT
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National Institute of Fashion Technology

location:New Delhi

Architect/Planner :Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi
Date:1994.
Building type :educational .
Building usage:university.
Site Area :11650 m
2
.

Total Built-up Area : 13570 m
2


PROJECT DETAILS
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In architectural terms a spatial modulation of
continues movement in time and space much as
the ambiance of an Indian bazaar where the
drama of day today life unfolds.
The National Institute of Fashion Technology atNew Delhi, re
creates an inwardly bazaar,
livened up by designed displays and movements of students as
well as visitors through entire \ space.
Consisting of academic, administrative and residential activities,
the campus reinterprets the traditional town square through i
ts
looking building; interactive corridors, bridges
and terraces; kund like steps; and communicative facades.
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Animated by a series of high and low platforms, soft and
hard landscaping, a water channel and a mirror like wall ba
ck drop, the space multiplies as entrance court, central gree
n, display platform, informal theatre and a visual focus.




Brigde = high visual permeability
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Location: Indore, India.
Date:1989.
Building Types: residential,
urban design and development.
Building Usage: housing development
community.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Winner.
Arnaya Housing
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DESIGN FEATURE
Aranya township is an organic growth of systematically
interrelated parts in a well defined hierarchy of built
form & open space within the network of
infrastructural service.

Informal planned growth and house form were
responsive to the needs of and aspiration of the
people.

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Before designing Doshi make detailed study of selected
settlement of Indora city undertaken to understand
how urban poor live & what their housing priorities &
needs.







Unsolved problem was the utility services, and
inadequate infrastructure which otherwise affect healthy
environment .
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http://ankitdarda.blogspot.com/2008/12/arc-balkrishna-
vdoshi.html
http://unitec.researchbank.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10652/
1568/Kaza%20-%20Otla.pdf ?sequence=1
http://www.akdn.org/architecture/pdf/1242_Ind.pzf
http://identityhousing.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/balkris
hna-doshi-atira-low-cost-housing-ahmedabad-1957-1960/.




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