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January 6, 2014
With an opulent slant and modern outlook, today’s Indian buildings continue the country’s architectural heritage.
Modern vacation beach home in Nandgaon, India

For architect Bijoy Jain, principal at Studio Mumbai Architects, making the most of the muggy locale meant foregoing walls for louvers and slatted sliding doors—and opting for local materials to construct the airy home. “Response to weathering is critical along the seaside,” he explains. The East Indian laurel, Burma teak, and palmyra woods will endure the seaside climate with an oiling after each monsoon. The pool that runs between the two structures of the home contrasts the choppy white-capped ocean with tranquil charm, making it a favorite spot for the vacationing family of four, who spend weekends here at the retreat.

Originally appeared in Wood-Clad Seaside Retreat in India
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The Vidhan Bhawan, where the state legislature meets, is one of the more unique architectural statements in Mumbai. It was designed by Charles Correa.

The Vidhan Bhawan, where the state legislature meets, is one of the more unique architectural statements in Mumbai. It was designed by Charles Correa. Photo by Bradford Shellhammer.

Originally appeared in Touring India
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Correia modern apartment block Mumbai

The 1974 Kanchanjunga Apartments, also designed by Charles Correa, are Mumbai’s most visible modernist residential building. Photo by Dustin Aksland.

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Originally appeared in Mumbai, India
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An impromptu cricket game occupies locals in Navi Mumbai.

An impromptu cricket game occupies locals in Navi Mumbai. See the rest of Dwell’s tour in Mumbai here. Photo by Dustin Aksland.

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Originally appeared in Mumbai, India
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Saddam Hussein Gymnasium in the Le Corbusier-designed Sports Complex in Baghdad, <a href="http://archnet.org/library/images/thumbnails.jsp?location_id=1856">view to main entrance</a>.

There are many famous structures we associate with Le Corbusier (Chandigarh in India, Villa Savoye in France, the United Nations headquarters in New York), the Saddam Hussein Sports Complex in Baghdad not among them. Designed by Corbu in 1965 and built from his plans by Saddam Hussein in 1978 thirteen years after the architect’s death, the stadium is in fact the great modernist’s last built work. Here is a view of the entrance.

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Rifat Chadirji, 1982
Originally appeared in Architecture in Baghdad
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Palace of Assembly by Le Corbusier

Over 60 years ago, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru tapped the Swiss architect Le Corbusier to design the Indian city of Chandigarh, a new modern capital for the state of Punjab. The resulting Palace of Assembly is one of the architect’s great brutalist buildings. Photo by Linda Taalman.

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Somewhat by chance, the apartment building's aluminum core references the perforations of the house next door; its interior breezeways also echo those of the neighboring structure.

A modern apartment building's aluminum core in Mumbai, India, references the perforations of the classic house next door; its interior breezeways also echo those of the neighboring structure. Photo by Edmund Sumner.

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Originally appeared in Salaam Mumbai
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Modern vacation beach home in Nandgaon, India

For architect Bijoy Jain, principal at Studio Mumbai Architects, making the most of the muggy locale meant foregoing walls for louvers and slatted sliding doors—and opting for local materials to construct the airy home. “Response to weathering is critical along the seaside,” he explains. The East Indian laurel, Burma teak, and palmyra woods will endure the seaside climate with an oiling after each monsoon. The pool that runs between the two structures of the home contrasts the choppy white-capped ocean with tranquil charm, making it a favorite spot for the vacationing family of four, who spend weekends here at the retreat.

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