B V Doshi

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Ar. B. V. Doshi

B. V. Doshi was born in Pune, India.
Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi (26 August 1927) is an Indian architect, considered an important figure of South Asian architecture and noted for his contributions to the evolution of architectural discourse in India. He studied at the J. J. School of Architecture, Mumbai.

After having worked for four years between 1951-54 with Le Corbusier in Paris, B. V. Doshi returned to Ahmedabad to supervise Le Corbusier's projects. His studio, Vastu-Shilpa (environmental design), was established in 1955. Doshi worked closely with Louis Kahn and Anant Raje, when Kahn designed the campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. In 1958 he was a fellow at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. He then started the School of Architecture (S.A) in 1962. Doshi is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and has been on the selection committee for the Pritzker Prize, the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects. As an academician, Dr. Doshi has been visiting the USA and Europe since 1958 and has held important chairs in American Universities. In recognition of his distinguished contribution as a professional and as an academician, Dr. Doshi has received several international and national awards and honours. He has been awarded Padma Shri by the government of India. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHIES:
"I learned from Le Corbusier to observe and react to climate, to tradition, to function, to structure, to economy, and to the landscape. To an extent, I also understand how to build buildings and create spaces and forms. However, I have in the last two decades, gradually discovered that the buildings that I have designed seems somewhat foreign and out of milieu; they do not appear to have their roots in the soil. With the experience of my work over the years and my own observation, I am trying to understand a little about my people, their traditions, and social customs, and their philosophy of life.“ •Doshi has created architecture that relies on a sensitive adoption and refinement of modern architecture within an Indian context. HIS WORKS:

1979-80 Sangath, BV Doshi's office, Ahmedabad
1972 Centre for Environment and Planning Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad 1962-74 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
1989 National Institute of Fashion Design, Delhi
1990 Husain-Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad

SANGATH, AHMEDABAD
"Sangath" is a design laboratory where professionals from diverse disciplines are invited to explore new visions, concepts and solutions integrating arts, crafts, engineering and philosophy of life. •SANGATH means “moving together through participation.” •It is an architect’s office

Location: Thaltej Road, Ahmedabad 380054
Period of construction: 1979-1981
Site area: 2346 m2
Total Built-up Area: 585 m2
Project Cost: Rs. 0.6 Million ( 1981 )
Design concept And Features:
Design concerns of climate (temperature or humidity or sunlight). •Extensive use of vaults
Main studio partly bellow the ground (sunken)
Very less use of mechanical instrument
Special materials are used resulting in a low cost building costing it •Lot of vegetation & water bodies
Continuity of Spaces
Use of lot of diffused sunlight
Complete passive design
Grassy steps which Doshi uses as informal Amphitheatre

CHARACTER OF THE BUILT :
Form starts to reveal itself right at the entrance, which makes one wonder about where to move and how to reach the sanctum. •In achieving a destination, there are many ways to go. Sangath has two entrances, one at level + 1.8 m and the other at 1.m. Both finally reach the same place, but through different paths. ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES:

It is an ensemble of vaulted and flat...
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