© Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive

Achyut Kanvinde –  ākār is a monograph on the life and works of Achyut Kanvinde, one of the pioneers of Modern Architecture in India with a professional career spanning five decades. Of the large number of projects designed under the aegis of Kanvinde Rai and Chowdhury, this book deals with 45 selected works, which the authors felt best represent the firms œuvre. A compilation of unrealised projects, research studies, competitions, working drawings, and an exhaustive chronology form part of the monograph.

pp 22-23, "Formative Years"
pp 22-23, "Formative Years": 1 1st year: Arch Detail, History of Architecture;  2 2nd year: Measured drawing of a Tell’s house;  3 3rd year: Measured and restored drawing of the Siddhanath Temple at Mandhata;  4 Final year thesis: Design for a Hindu temple © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive
pp 48-49, "1950-1960, Azad Bhavan, New Delhi"
pp 48-49, "1950-1960, Azad Bhavan, New Delhi": 1 Entrance canopy; 2 Entrance roof under construction. Facing page View of the west facade – jali screen wall, stylised chala roof for canopy and chajja. © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive
pp. 74-74, "1960-1970, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (Phase I), Lecture Hall Complex"
pp. 74-74, "1960-1970, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (Phase I), Lecture Hall Complex": 1 Model showing the rhythm of the modules and folded-plate large-span roofs; 2 View of the lecture halls, connected to the walkway system;  3 The stilted ground floor, left free for student interaction; 4 The elevated walkway system connecting the lecture halls. © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive
pp 110-11, "1960–1970, Akar – Kanvinde Residence, New Delhi"
pp 110-11, "1960–1970, Akar – Kanvinde Residence, New Delhi" © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive
pp 146-47, "1970-1980, Dudhsagar Dairy, Mehsana"
pp 146-47, "1970-1980, Dudhsagar Dairy, Mehsana": 1 The Administration Block 2 A view of the Powder Plant. © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive
pp 228-29 "1980-90, High Court and Legislative Assembly, Srinagar" - Legislative Assembly
pp 228-29 "1980-90, High Court and Legislative Assembly, Srinagar" - Legislative Assembly: 1 Model showing the stepped form of the Assembly, Council Hall, and High Court fronting onto a public plaza with a water body;  2 Cutaway model of the Assembly. © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive
pp 266-67 "1980–1990, National Science Centre, New Delhi"
pp 266-67 "1980–1990, National Science Centre, New Delhi": 1 Large, column-free spaces with a waffle slab construction, allowing flexibility in its use; 2, 3 A view of the interior showing the escalator rising through the central atrium. © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive
pp. xxx-xx "1990-2002, Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Temple and Vedic Culture Centre, New Delhi"
pp. xxx-xx "1990-2002, Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Temple and Vedic Culture Centre, New Delhi": Studies for shikhara and kalasha. Transparent concrete facade of shikhara characterised by oriel and arched openings framed in red sandstone and white marble.
pp xxx-xx "1950–2002, Tantra Museum and DCM Mandarin Hotel"
pp xxx-xx "1950–2002, Tantra Museum and DCM Mandarin Hotel" © Kanvinde Rai & Chowdhury Archive