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May 19, 2020

Sabarmati
River discerns Ahmedabad city into two parts-the western zone and eastern zone.
Eastern Ahmedabad   has a walled city
personified with vernacular living. The walled city is declared as the 1st
‘Heritage city’ of India.  Momentary look
at the other side of the city, the western part of the City, evenly has a rich
profile of buildings

After
Independence, the west Ahmedabad was personified for many Institutional
buildings which portray the works of Great Masters. The building language and
the spaces within had an experience identified by use of different palate of
material giving a striking character to the building.

Indian Institute of
Management, by Louis Kahn played with EXPOSED BRICK only, Ahmedabad Textile Mill
owner’s Association Building by Le Corbusier had been personified by CONCRETE
only. Sangath with its vaults and amdavad-ni-gufa by architect Balkrishna Doshi
had a play of CHINA MOSAIC. Gandhi ashram is a combination of pure material as
BRICK & CONCRETE by Charles Correa. The character of each building was
amplified by the use of material. The material had its own color identity
–Brick-to Red, Concrete-to Grey, China Mosaic-to-white. Color, material
combines together and this identifies the works of Great Masters and how
importance of just a single material was use to its fullest becoming the IMAGE
MAKER of the western part of the city.

Photo credit-
1. & 2. Prof. Kishori Dalwadi
3.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mill_Owners%27_Association_Building#/media/File:ATMA_House_187.jpg

Author:
Kishori Dalwadi, Assistant Director - School of Interior Design and Associate Professor, Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID)

Disclaimer: The opinions / views expressed in this article are solely of the author in his / her individual capacity. They do not purport to reflect the opinions and/or views of the College and/or University or its members.

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