Gandhi Labor Institute
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Architect Balkrishna Doshi
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Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat State, India   map
Date 1980 to 1984   timeline
Building Type Research institute
 Construction System concrete
Climate desert
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Concrete vaults




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Discussion Gandhi Labor Institute Commentary

"...Again Doshi refuses to think of functions as being discrete: the institute's activities flow freely into one another in a way that is deliberately ambiguous. The composition is distinguished by its studied contrast of regularity and irregularity. Axes are implied, denied, then rediscovered. The approach is along a diagonal which traverses the forecourt prior to mounting a shallow flight of steps flanked by a pool. The institution is 'de-monumentalised' to make it feel accessible to the public. One enters at the first floor under a transversal vault which then feeds laterally into the various departments by means of a lofty interior gallery. The interior route involves twists, turns and unexpected vistas, and is perhaps a metaphor of the Mahatma's past."

— William J.R. Curtis. Balkrishna Doshi, An Architecture for India. New York: Rizzoli, 1988. p136.

Sources on Gandhi Labor Institute

William J.R. Curtis. Balkrishna Doshi: An Architecture for India. Photographs by Balkrishna Doshi. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1988. ISBN 0-8478-0937-4. LC 87-43269. NA1510.D67C87 1988. p136-143. interior photo of main stair. p140. interior photo of vault effect, p141. interior photo of main stair, p140. exterior photo of vault detail, p140. exterior photo from north-east, p137.

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