Museum at Ahmedabad
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Ahmedabad, India   map
Date 1953 to 1957   timeline
Building Type museum
 Construction System concrete
Climate desert
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Powerful block massing on columns, with internal ramps and courtyards.






Discussion Museum at Ahmedabad Commentary

"The museum is on pilotis through which the building is entered into an open court from which a ramp, similarly opened to the sky, leads to the exhibition levels. One enters the main level in a nave of spiral squares 14 metres wide, consisting of 7x7 m structural bays. All precautions are taken against the excessive temperature of the day. It is assumed that visits to the museum will be made particularly in the evening and night-time; they will wind up on the roof which will offer a wonderfully flowered surface formed by more than 45 basins, of 50 square meters each, all filled with water to a depth of 40 cm."

— Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. p226.


The piloti height is 3.40 meters, while the width between pilotis is 2.50 meters. The ceiling height is 3.40 meters, and the building sides are 50x50 meters.

Sources on Museum at Ahmedabad

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. pinwheel geometry diagram, p193. — Updated edition available at

Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p226-7.

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


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