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Architect Louis I. Kahn
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Location Ahmedabad, India   map
Date 1963   timeline
Building Type school of government
 Construction System brick masonry and concrete
Climate desert
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes "Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad". Heavy layered walls modulate sun and capture ventilating breezes.






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Discussion Institute of Public Administration Commentary

"The organization of the complex, as well as its architecture, reflects the conceptual organization of learning which is focused on three inevitable components: the school, the students, and the teachers, which constitute 'The Indian Institute of Management'...Thus, man's philosophy about his environment is contained here through the otherwise rarely achieved response between condition of program and plastic emphasis of the structures; the latter extending from the sudden vibration of light on the lowered arches spanning the concrete cord to the gesture of full arches, and them of the round openings with their curved shades, all maintained within the strict discipline of construction, spatial dimensioning, and plan organization."

—Yukio Futagawa, ed. with Romaldo Giurgola, text. Global Architecture: Louis Kahn: Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, and Exeter Library, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire. p2,4.

The Creator's Words

"A work of art is the making of a life. The architect chooses and arranges to express in spaces environment and in relationships man's institutions. There is art if the desire for and the beauty of the institutions. There is art if the desire for and the beauty of the institution is filled."

"The fullness of light, protected, the fullness of air, so welcome, are always present as the basis for architectureal shapes. I was impressed with the need for air when I happened, with twenty other people, in the palace in Lahore, where the guide showed us the ingenuity of craftsmen who had covered an entire room with milticolored mirrored mosaics. To demonstrate the mystery of the reflections, he closed all the doors and lit a match. The light of the single match gave multiple and unpredictable shut off from the breeze. In that time, in that room, you felt that nothing is more interesting than air."

—Louis I. Kahn. from Alessandra Latour, ed. Louis I. Kahn: Writings, Lectures, Interviews. p203, 205.

Sources on Institute of Public Administration

David B. Brownlee. Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991. NA737.K32B76 1991. ISBN 0-8478-1323-1. LC 91-9760. plan, p371.

Howard Davis. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD 2260.1012.0405. PCD 2260.1012.0405. PCD 2260.1012.0405. PCD 2260.1012.0405. PCD 2260.1012.0405.

Yukio Futagawa, ed. with Romaldo Giurgola, text. GA: Louis Kahn: Indian Institue of Management and Exeter Library, Phillips Exeter Academy. Tokyo: A.D.A EDITA, 1975. xNA737.K32F88. p2-4.

Heinrich Klotz. History of Post-Modern Architecture. elevation photo, p122.

Alessandra Latour, ed. Louis I. Kahn: Writings, Lectures, Interviews. New York: Rizzoli International, 1991. ISBN 0-8478-1331-2. LC 90-50794. NA737.K32A2 1991. p203, 205.

Heinz Ronner, Sharad Jhaveri. Louis I. Kahn. Birkhauser Verlag, August 1996. ISBN 3-7643-1347-1. — The definitive complete works of Louis Kahn, in one large Kahn-style volume. Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Institute of Public Administration


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