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Post, Indian Modernism

Project timeline

1958 – 1963

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Monument & Memorial

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Ahemdabad
India

Also known as Change this

Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati Ashram

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
October 10th, 2020

Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Change this

Ahemdabad, India
by Charles Correa Change this
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A memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, in the Ashram where he lived from 1917 to 1930 and a museum and archive of his letters, books and photographs was one of the first projects designed by Charles Correa in his late twenties. Gandhi's simplicity and his emphasis on learning from the traditional and regional architectural language in contrast to Nehru's international style were magnificently delivered by this internationally educated young Indian architect.

Laid on a simple grid of 6m x 6m squares, a mix of traditional forms and modern techniques, the museum is a collection of haphazardly clustered - closed, semi open and open-to-sky spaces where the visitor can wander, observe and find "areas of visual quiet where the eye can rest and the mind meditate."

Elevated plinth beams lend the structure a floating weightlessness while the large concrete beams anchor it down. The built frames the open to sky spaces where the tired visitor can rest and reflect. This was the beginning of Correa's typology of museum design and courtyard living that he carefuly refined over the years.

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