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Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities
Center For Development Studies And Activities

Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India

Project Work Status: Completed Projects

Area: 1,860 Square Meters

Client: Prof. Christopher Benninger

Team: Prof. Christopher Benninger, Manisha Boradkar, Rajiv Vishwas Rao, Madhav Joshi, Gautam Balsekar, Nikita Oak, Rahul Sathe

Project Completed: 1990

Site Area: 18 acres

Designed as his own work space, institute and library the Center for Development Studies and Activities at Pune (CDSA) uses the same language as his previous work, while exploring new patterns based on the play and juxta-positioning of parallel walls. While the pattern appears simplistic it uses a number of devices to address functional and design problems. The connecting beams over the verandahs extend between various structures joining them into a complete fabric.

 

The "hip roofs" face the strong westerly monsoon winds at 45 degree slopes, while they taper off gently to the east at a 30 degree slopes! Glass, transparent panels facing east and west, set back in the verandah allow views into the vast landscape and vision through the buildings. A system of outdoor courtyards and terraces cluster around a central podium. While the language remains as in earlier works, extensive ceiling relief cast in concrete add a new dimension. The open patterns of parallel walls draw in exterior spaces, integrating the structures with the landscape. This sensitivity to nature draws on American traditions as diverse as Wright's Taliesin West, and Jeffersonian vistas at Monlecello.

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