Amongst documents stored at Achyut Kanvinde’s Delhi office, a box file holds a thick on his built works and associated influences.2 The discovery and close. Achyut Kanvinde attended Harvard Graduate school of Design in His works and his thinking were obvious models for his students. Kanvinde. His works are held in high-regard alongside those of prominent Indian architects in the post-independence era like Achyut Kanvinde, Charles Correa, Anant.
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Kanvinde was born in in a small village on the Konkan coast. Raised in a joint family in the village.
Kanvinde had the calling of afhyut painter and did enroll in an art school but the family decided that architecture would be a better profession for him. He entered the Architecture Department at Sir J. School of Art in then headed by Claude Batley, who was also the premier architect of the country. He passed out in Achyut Kanvinde attended Harvard Graduate school of Design in Acchyut Kanvinde and Rai in However neither in the international architectural discourse nor in the standard 20th century architectural historiographic literature have they been even mentioned.
Followed by an experimental phase- in the course of the next five years he designed: Each appears to be an exploration in a distinctly new direction. The Harivallabdas House has been taken up in detail later on.
The form is very rough, and blocky. He has always been described to be modest and approachable, and always achyu preferred to keep a low profile. This building presents a stark contrast to his character. Though there is thus a clear agreement about his early works, there is no accepted view on whether his later works were an evolution of the Modern view or a new approach. In Kanpur, the local availability of high quality brick and the prevalent labour and construction practices made Kanvinde go for reinforced achyuf for structural frames and brick as infills.
Another facet of Indian Architecture, which is ironical in the way it transforms building concepts, is the labour intensive building industry. With his wife Mallika, a renowned exponent of classical dances he had even started Darpana, an institution of the performing arts. During the construction of PRL, he met Kanvinde and became a close friend. Kanvinde resigned from his job in to found his practice with Rai.
Sarabhai and others ensured a steady flow of works. With Mallika and Dr.
Sarabhai, Kanvinde gradually developed ,anvinde common vision of architectural profession in the young nation tied with the other arts and humanities.
Kanvinde observed that “Our architectural expression is in a most confused state as there is neither clear thinking nor definite ideology…the architects who are confronted with problems kanvihde to modern functional design have to, at the same time, create an architectural expression that would reflect the present-day culture of India”. The relation with Sarabhai having so deepened; Kanvinde was now being consulted on various matters. Between kanvindrDr. Sarabhai was responsible for creating more than 25 institutions in various fields and Kanvinde was intimately involved with shaping most of those.
The fact that Kanvinde earned the confidence and respect of such men reveals as much about the architect as about the patrons. A set of vertical volumes that rise gradually- this buildings is visually appealing, and unimposing. It has a large grand flight of steps on its entrance.
The skylights- which are the dominant highlight of the design are a common repeating element in many of his works- such as the Doodhsagar Dairy, and the Nehru Science Center, Mumbai. The building accommodates a complex of workshops, library, lecture halls and observatory. RCC frame, brick infill plastered in a fine stone grit finish. Distinct living modules are arranged under a sweeping parasol and sensitively sited in a garden setting.
We can clearly understand the internal functions of this building by observing it from the outside- as they appear as separate masses. These are arranged in ways that are functional from inside and elegant from outside. RCC frame, brick and grit finish. Based achuyt observations on his work, zchyut can say that despite most of them being distinctive, they are all very similar.
They appear to be built with a large amount of thought having been given to making them functionally efficient and practically feasible. This coupled with his humble character might be the reason for his work to not have received the same attention. His works are generally raw and unemotional. For the time they were built, his buildings might have been highly inspirational, and emotional. Another factor which is likely to have been responsible kanvlnde the nature of his work is the amount of commissions that he received.
The large amount of work on his hands could have been the reason for the works to have shaped up in a similar way. His buildings were always conceived with first priority given to its functions, and the social values when designing spaces. Even the temple he designed, at the fag end of his career, for ISKON, has three shikharas- all of which face different angles- very unlike any other temple, which would have its shikhars linearly arranged- emphasizing a direction.
The visible difference in his later works, as compared to earlier ones, is that the structural system is easily readable on the face of the building, and the buildings clearly respond to climate.
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It was a prolific career in that the scale and number of projects he worked on from the beginning are incomparable. A much deep-probing understanding of his life and his work responsive to achuyt larger interests and concerns seems important to clarify the important phase of the political and social wogks in the creation in the new country which he shaped and guided. Humility and reticence are acclaimed hallmarks of his persona, which is probably one of the reasons his works have not been as widely known as they could have been.
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Batley in his teaching and his active practice maintained the new ideal of Architecture: His works and his thinking were obvious models for his students. A grid frame structure- unexposed, and plastered exterior finish. Expressed Concrete structure in combination with worrks became the dynamic determinant of form and order.
Here the paradox is that what Brutalism in the West was popular for the dynamism and the aesthetic of vigour, in neo-Gandhian India of s is regarded a realistic and expressive product of India. In retrospect, that style shows a remarkable similarity with the brute morphology of vernacular architecture in parts of India. Kanvinde traveled extensively across the country and always made it a point to carry books and magazines along.
He used to say the long travels gave him time to read, reflect and introspect. This presentation was created by: Archinomy is currently open to take architectural projects. Please contact using the contact form.