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Indian Architecture, Post-independence Architecture In India

Project timeline

1992 – 1995

Type

Culture & Entertainment

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Ahmedabad
India

Current state

Original

Also known as Change this

Hussain-Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad ni Gufa

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
October 13th, 2020

Amdavad Ni Gufa Change this

Ahmedabad, India
by Balkrishna Doshi Change this

Aerial view of Amdavad ni Gufa. Vastu Shilpa Consultants ...

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Amdavad Ni Gufa was designed to demonstrate the collaboration between an artist and architect. It is an underground art gallery in Ahmedabad, India. Designed by renowned architect Balkrishna Doshi, it exhibits works of the celebrated Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain. The gallery represents a unique juxtaposition of architecture and art.

The cave-like underground structure has a roof made of multiple interconnected domes, covered with a mosaic of tiles. On the inside, irregular tree-like columns support the domes. It was earlier known as Husain-Doshi ni Gufa.

Porcelain mosaic tiles reflect sunlight and mitigate heat, covering the tortoise shell-inspired roof that shelters the undulating cave-like interiors below. The shells are handmade from reinforcing bars and mesh covered with cement. This is covered with compacted vermiculite, followed by mosaic pieces. There are facilities for special painting exhibitions and for projecting films. Gardens and a café are located above ground.

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