Multi-storeyed Flats at Ramakrishnapuram, 1965

"Peripheral to the symbolic space of new Delhi's leafy heart, the design and planning prerogatives of CPWD-built housing colonies remained more prosaic than political. While the standardised type designs continued to evolve in the functionalist-modernist direction that Rahman's work had initiated, there was no clean, iconoclastic break from the norms and forms of previous developments under Joglekar and Deolalikar. With the exception of Rahman's RK Puram Sector 13 Flats of the mid-1960s, the planning of virtually all these developments continued to be structured on the neo-colonial notion of enclaves." — Scriver and Srivastava

Multi-Storeyed Flats. Ramakrishnapuram, New Delhi, 1965.
Multi-Storeyed Flats. Ramakrishnapuram, New Delhi, 1965. © Madan Mahatta
Type VI, Multi-Storeyed Flats, Ramakrishnapuram
Type VI, Multi-Storeyed Flats, Ramakrishnapuram: By 1965 Rahman was senior enough in service to begin repre­senting the CPWD in important inter-departmental committees concerned with wider planning, urban design, and landscaping issues in the capital. He found himself caught up in several contro­versies, but in the process received an invaluable education in how politicians, bureaucrats and technical specialists thought about 'urban aesthetics'. © Text by Malay Chatterjee, Image by Habib Rahman
Layout Plan, Multi-Storeyed Flats, Ramakrishnapuram
Layout Plan, Multi-Storeyed Flats, Ramakrishnapuram: 1. Type V flats, 2. Type VI flats, 3. Shopping centre, 4. Restaurant, 5. Garages, 6. Servants, 7. Electric Station © The estate of Habib Rahman
Diagonal orientation of the blocks with respect to the sector roads, Multi-Storeyed Flats at Ramakrishnapuram
Diagonal orientation of the blocks with respect to the sector roads, Multi-Storeyed Flats at Ramakrishnapuram © Habib Rahman Archive
Plan type VI, Multi-Storeyed Flats. Ramakrishnapuram, New Delhi, 1965
Plan type VI, Multi-Storeyed Flats. Ramakrishnapuram, New Delhi, 1965: 1. Bed, 2. Living, 3. Dining, 4. Study, 5. Kitchen, 6. Servant, 7. Lavatory, 8. Box, 9. Verandah, 10. Lift, 11. Lobby © The estate of Habib Rahman

Curzon Road Hostels New Delhi, 1969 

Six blocks of flats were con­structed on the site of the  old Constitution House on Curzon Road. They were first occupied by delegates to the UNCTAD conference held in Delhi in 1969. The balcony treatment of each of the blocks is different, giving a varied facade.