"The question was can we really build something new alongside these monuments, and if so, what should be the nature of our design ..?" - Doshi, 1979.

... Bhadra is a large plaza and Sangath has a series of platforms, open spaces and walls. CEPT has thick exposed brick walls and thin concrete fins with north light. I feel they are conveying something very important – connection with the ground. Most of my projects relate to natural forces and community, creating dialogues. Bhadra is pedestrianized and generates an urban dialogue. Sangath, with the steps, creates a dialogue with the garden. Each is a dialogue between nature, community and building. The buildings are rooted. Even though Premabhai Hall is like an animal, it stands powerfully. There are large public spaces, smaller spaces, family spaces and community spaces.1

  • 1. Doshi, interview with Rajeev Kathpalia, in Balkrishna Doshi, Concerning Habitat: the Real, the Virtual & the Imaginary; National Gallery of Modern Art, 2015. pp 48
Premabhai Hall, facade from the city square
Premabhai Hall, facade from the city square
Variations, massing, comparison of various versions since 1956
Variations, massing, comparison of various versions since 1956: (top left) no change of scale / no ... (bottom left) Symmetry - definite enclosure free form ... 'relaxed' while giving dignity to the building (Right) Continuity of one volume, not as dynamic as corner support, non-intuitive Supports with .. but top heavy, not floating with effect ... Sense of height in space ... the spirit of today Spirit of today in ... Intentional non-intuitive
Alternatives, foyer layout (Main/Street entrance on the left)
Alternatives, foyer layout (Main/Street entrance on the left)