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This Teacher’s Day, design lessons that never get old

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Sep 05, 2023
Design lessons on Teacher's Day – Beautiful Homes

Legends that have shaped architecture and design in this country have given every budding designer something to learn from. And that is why we are celebrating them today

As we celebrate Teacher's Day this year, we are looking to learn things that transcend classrooms and textbooks. Just as architects shape the world with their designs, teachers mold minds and futures with their guidance. Here we uncover the blueprints of inspiration imparted by the architectural marvels that have stood the test of time.

1. Laurie Baker

Known as the Gandhi of Architecture, Laurie Baker believed in combining low-cost materials and regional practices to craft organic buildings that blended seamlessly into the background. His prime goal was to make cheap and low-maintenance buildings without compromising on comfort and aesthetics. 

Library at The Center of Development Studies by Laurie Baker – Beautiful Homes

Library at The Center of Development Studies by Laurie Baker.

Cidade de Goa by Charles Correa – Beautiful Homes

Cidade de Goa by Charles Correa.

2. Charles Correa

Introducing modern and post-modern architectural marvels to the post-independent India, Charles Correa focused on India’s climate, material, and culture and weaving them into his architectural designs. His plans embraced Indian architecture elements with a twist of modernity.

3. Raj Rewal

Taking the ideologies of the past and incorporating them into the design aspects fit for the future, Raj Rewal elevated buildings into urban narratives and brought out deeper meanings of culture, geometry and rhythm.

Jung-e-Azadi Memorial by Raj Rewal – Beautiful Homes

Jung-e-Azadi Memorial by Raj Rewal.

Sangath by B.V. Doshi – Beautiful Homes

Sangath by B.V. Doshi.

4. BV Doshi

A balance between modern and traditional forms, BV Doshi’s work was deeply rooted in the sensibilities of the Indian context. Each of his projects were an opportunity to bring joy into daily life, created around careful observation of the human condition.

5. Achyut Kavinde

A functionalist architect who adds a touch of Brutalism to his designs, Achyut Kavinde was a pioneer of Modern Architecture. His designs experimented with simple geometrical shapes that imbibed fluidity, giving the building a voice.

National Science Centre by Achyut Kanvinde – Beautiful Homes

National Science Centre by Achyut Kanvinde.

Indian Institute of Forest Management by Anant Raje – Beautiful Homes

Indian Institute of Forest Management by Anant Raje.

6. Anant Raje

A proponent of modern fusion with traditional elements, Anant Raje imbibed in him Louis Kahn’s philosophy of architecture — sense of order, appreciation of light, climate control and handling of materials especially brick and concrete.

7. Hasmukh Patel

Outlining contemporary architecture in post-Independence India, Hasmukh Patel focused on practical problem solving and, in the course, purveying aesthetic delight. Each of his projects are the result of practical deliberations combined with an appreciation for form and space. 

Chinubhai Centre and Patang Restaurant by Hasmukh Patel – Beautiful Homes

Chinubhai Centre and Patang Restaurant by Hasmukh Patel.

Cholamandal Artists' Village by Sheila Sri Prakash – Beautiful Homes

Cholamandal Artists' Village by Sheila Sri Prakash.

8. Sheila Sri Prakash

First Indian woman to start her own architectural practice in the country, Sheila Sri Prakash practiced architecture with profound attention to context and sustainability. Throughout her career, she has designed with the art forms and local culture of the surroundings as the inspiration.

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