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Top Architects | September 2014

Innovisionary Architects - Abin Chaudhuri

Abin Chaudhuri, Proprietor, Abin Design Studio

Prolific architect, innovator, quirky designer and celebrated entrepreneur Abin Chaudhuris creative mind is constantly in the process of exploring new thoughts and ideas...

Views & beyond

Define innovation in architecture.
It is the technical and aesthetic delineation of space and composition of elements that creates an experience, which is sustainable and visually, physically and spatially appealing.

Which is your most innovative project and why?
It is the International Management Institute (IMI), Bhubaneswar. In spite of budgetary constraints, we were able to achieve an extraordinary design. Having undergone rigourous climatic analysis, the built form was articulated as a functional and aesthetically pleasing composition of components. Local craftsmen, sculptors and material added to the architectural language, which is modern yet intrinsic to the milieu.

Name an innovative iconic structure and explain your choice
The Serpentine Pavilion by Sou Fujimoto brilliantly achieves a balance between solid and void. It binds together science and technology with an ideology of free living. I am also inspired by the works of Charles Correa, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban and Glenn Murcutt.

Tell us about a yet unaccomplished dream project.
I want to design a cityscape (public spaces, services, signage, utilities and handicap-friendly measures), binding the existing large urban fabric of Kolkata with new development - heritage and modernism complementing each other.

What is your vision for the future of Indian architecture?
As with the world view, the future Indian context will be about protecting our planet.

A temporary Temple Pavilion, Hooghly, West Bengal (Completion - November, 2013)

Built over 1,600 sq ft within a budget of Rs 75,000, this pavilion is made using painted bamboo of different sizes that resulted in a circular undulating structure in vivid colours, wherein attention is focussed toward the idol. It has been selected for an exhibition at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art.

Nazrul Tirtha - Museum and Research Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, (Completion - October, 2014)

Paying tribute to the revolutionary Bengali poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam, this avant-garde museum and academic research centre has a sculptural design approach that articulates the poets life. With CNC cut foam used on a dyed-and-exposed concrete wall to create inscriptions, it is a first-of-its-kind in the country.

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