Golconde, Pondicherry, India

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Golconde, Pondicherry, India

Postby Josquin » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:38 pm

Name: Golconde
Architect: George Nakashima and Antonin Raymond
Year: 1945

State: Pondicherry
Country: India

Type: Dormitory
Style: Modern Concrete
Status: Excellent condition and still in use.

Description: A remarkable building and story. Considered one "the first reinforced, cast-in-place concrete buildings in India" and "one of the earliest works of sustainable modern architecture in the world, [espousing] the virtue of radical economy and uncompromising construction standards"

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Links:
http://www.aia.org/SiteObjects/files/Gupta_color.pdf
http://www.virmueller.com/ Look under portfolio golconde R01. Many Photos
http://twls.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=82055 Audio Podcast
http://www.michenermuseum.org/bucksarti ... artist=199 About Antonin & Noemi Raymond
http://www.nakashimawoodworker.com/ About George Nakashima

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Oh, it is SO beautiful and QUIET inside, too.....

Postby Slim and Gabby » Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:03 pm

Miguel:
Why am I not surprised this building would move you when I've seen what you enjoy at home????
This is a beautiful building, inside and out, as is all of Pondicherry.

When I was there, I stayed in a very typical MCM open hallway hotel near the beach. I remember thinking, "how did Holiday Inn find this corner of Tamil Nadu?" It felt positively untouched.

It is one of my great regrets that I was unable to stay for a weekend in a GORGEOUS very modern home in the neighboring utopian community at Auroville, a UN heritage site. I remember whole concrete walls on swivels that opened directly to the outside.

a couple of images I was able to find online that show a bit of the ambience:

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I've always wanted to go to Brasilia for comparative purposes.
What a neat place. And the only one where speaking both Tamil and French has every done me any good. Sheesh.
Pen-gu-ins is pracatically chickinz, and I hates to see chickinz cry so much, I has to put’em outta ther mizzery!

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:16 am

one more try on the graphics:

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maybe that's more like it????
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Auroville

Postby Josquin » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:26 pm

Slim & Gabby,
Those photographs of Auroville are really remarkable. What's the purpose of those buildings?

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Purpose...hmmm

Postby Slim and Gabby » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:10 am

The matrimandir ( roughly meaning central circle) is not quite religious, but meant more to be an inspirational gathering place. It's been in the works for at least 20 years ( Indian time you know). The idea I believe is to host community gatherings.

Auroville was designed as a utopian international community. There are actually locals involved, but it seems to have an awful lot of german input these days. I'm pretty sure it's supposed to model sustainable development, but it's generally a bit too high-minded for popular use.

Just google Auroville and check out the photo galleries. There was one great pix of some mushroom shaped houses that would not transfer over as an image. The whole place is pretty amazing. I've not been there since the early 90's, and would love to see how it looks now with more money coming into India.

At any rate, it has that massive geometric aesthetic that seems to be a common thread in much of what you like, Miguel.
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