July 2015

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Release Date: 15 July 2015.

When I think of Charles Correa, a picture of Kanchanjunga almost always pops into my mind. This was a skyscraper he built in Mumbai in the 1970’s. Kanchanjunga was a building I used to marvel at daily en-route to school, and at the time was a unique creation that stood head and shoulders above the urban sprawl that surrounded it. I still believe there hasn’t been another building created that can be considered as a worthy contender to this icon of the Mumbai skyline. Charles Correa will live on in the memory of countless people by the virtue of the structures he created. Turn to page 79 to read an account by Aftab Jalia as to why his name will be set in history as India’s best-known architect.

Sameep Padora questions convention by recasting a courtyard style house into one which is more in sync with multi-story living arrangements of today. This home is conceived as an assemblage of airy spaces (courtyards and terraces) built over three floors and bordered by a tough, impermeable wall. Side-stepping convention and validating an experimental design scheme, Sameep Padora’s Fort House is an inimitable creation that showcases the progressive thinking of its maker which is solid in substance as in style. The Manor House in Alibaug takes inspiration from homes one often spots amidst the rolling hills of the English countryside.

Executed by the young team at White3, you enter this rural retreat through a small ingress, where a voluminous space greets you with an unabashed view of the rambling knolls that encircle the estate. Seen through a continuous double height framed glass, the spatial engagement between the inside and outside is reaffirmed at every turn, which essentially is the soul of the design plan. Coupled with painstaking detailing, the use of natural lime-based plasters, teakwood, handcrafted metalwork and a picture perfect garden, a visit to the Manor House is a memory that lingers long after you leave.

Language : English
Country : India
Publisher : Marvel Infomedia Pvt Ltd
Page Count : 140
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