By : Anupama Kundoo | 07 Mar 2017 | Recent projects
Architect Anupama Kundoo faced a challenge. She was asked to create a multi-purpose hall for the Sri Aurobindo World Centre for Human Unity within five months with a minimal budget of Rs 15 lakhs. Colleagues advised her against it as “it has never been done before, so it can’t be done.” But Anupama, who is not averse to doing things differently, took up the gauntlet and managed not only to create the building within the time and budget prescribed (the final cost was Rs 3,500 sq. metre against the going rate in Auroville of Rs 8,000 sq.m.), but also to leave a landmark of simple beauty at the entrance of Bharat Nivas.
The World Centre consists of a roofed circular open hall with a diameter of 16 metres. At the back, two rooms of 55 square meters each have been built. For the rest there are no walls. Outside there are tiers of seats, forming a low-rise amphitheatre. A glass-covered opening in the centre of the roof allows daylight to strike the lines of inlaid stainless steel that mark the pattern on the stone floor.
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