D.O.B.-26 August 1927
Associate Member, Royal Institute of British Ar., 1954
Fellowship, Graham Foundation, 1958
Honorary Fellow, American Institute of Ar., 1971
Fellow, Indian Institute of Architects, 1971
Padma Shri Award, Government of India, 1976
In 1950 he became a senior designer
on Le Corbusier's projects in
Ahmedabad and Chandigarh
His craft under Le Corbusier for four years. (1951-54)
His studio, Vastu-Shilpa (environmental design), was established in
Doshi worked closely with Louis
kahn and Anant raje , when Kahn
designed the campus of the Indian
Institute of Management.
Doshi's architecture provides one of the
most important models for modern
He was presented in 1995,Aga
Khan Award for Architecture, for
the Aranya Community Housing
in Indore, India.
SANGATH VASTU SHILPA FOUNDATION
GANDHI LABOUR INSTITUE
ARANYA LOW COST HOUSING-INDOR
HUSSAIN- DOSHI GUFA
INSTITUTE OF INDOLOGY,AHMEDABAD
Works Of B.V.Doshi
HUSAIN – DOSHI GUFA
Doshi's work has consistently revolved around the interrelationship of
indoor and outdoor space.
The success of any project depends
on effective construction,
contracting, logistic planning and
Doshi applies Modernists concepts
to an Indian context
Doshi followed it in his architecture
by providing openness in buildings
through colonnades, pergolas,
porticos, sky lights etc.
“Le Corbusier was like a
guru to me,” he says. He
taught me to observe and
react to climate, to
tradition, to function, to
structure, to economy, and
to the landscape.
“And because he was my guru, I
decided that I could not copy him.”
Date - 1979-1981
Building type - Architectural office
Construction system - concrete
At Sangath, the architect’s design studio.
It’s include reception areas, office spaces, workshop, , library,
conference room, and other ancillary space.
In Ahmedabad, the summer temperature reaches 45 °C and the heat is very
Natural comfort conditions can be achieved by protecting spaces from the
heat and glare of the sun.
The building is largely buried under the ground to use earth
masses for natural insulation.
VAULT The vaulted roof is of locally-made
clay fuses over the concrete slab,
which provides a non-conducting
The structure is closely
Integrated with the
Water cascades also provide
interesting visual experiences
Vaulted roof form
The ventilating window at upper volume
releases the accumulated hot air through
PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN
There are three
ways by which natural light
is drawn within.
1. By upper-level large openings
towards north direction, which is cool,
and consistent light is reflected off the
2.Skylights, which are projected masses from
the roof, reflect the light on the white inner
wall surface, which further radiates light into
3.Innermost spaces are lit up through
small cutouts in the roof slab, which are
then filled with hollow glass blocks that
take away the glare and transmit diffused
Terracotta pots and sculpture
Rainwater and overflow of pumped water from
the roof tank are harnessed through roof
channels that run through a series of cascading
tanks and water channels to finally culminate
in a pond from where it is recycled back or
used for irrigating vegetation
Sandwiched construction of vault
The vaulted roof is of locally-made clay fuses
over the concrete slab, which provides a
The top finish of China mosaic glazed
tiles further adds to the insulation.
Being white and glossy it reflects sun
while being made from clay it retards the
MATERIAL AND CONSTRUCTION
Use of secondary waste material
Exposed natural finishes
The concrete of slabs and wall surfaces
are kept bare unplastered as final visual
finishes, which provide a natural look and
save on finishing material quantity
WATER PROOFING MATERIAL
CHINA MOSAIC FINISH
BROKEN CHINA MOSAIC
HUSSAIN DOSHI GUFA
CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM—SHELL STRUCTURE
STYLE MODERN ARCHITECTURAL
An underground art gallery in Ahmedabad, as a joint
collaboration b/w MF Hussain and BV Doshi.
The gallery represents a unique juxtaposition of architecture
The mosaic tiles on the roof are similar to found on the
roof of the Jain temples,Girnar.
The domes are inspired by the shells of tortoises and by
The mosaic snake is from Hindu mythology.
The Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora inspired Doshi to design
the interior with circles and ellipses.
The references for the Gufa are elemental and primeval. The
circle, mountains, historical precedents as Caves (Karli, Ajanta),
The interior is divided by tree trunks or columns similar to
those found at Stonehenge.
The entire design is made up of circles and ellipses.
The cave-like underground structure has a roof made of
multiple interconnected domes, covered with a mosaic of
On the inside, irregular tree-like columns support the
The structure is specifically oriented
to let in the maximum amount of
heat & light to give the interior a
Light comes in as shafts through a few circular openings
in the dome, the diffused light adding to the mystic
Some shell consists appeared
snouts with apertures (hole),
used to capture Fresh air and
From the exterior, the Gufa looks more like a work of art, a
sculpture of domed shells finished in dazzling china mosaic,
complete with a black serpentine imagery snaking across the
The central hall is supported by 2 rows of columns which
divide the interior in to a wider centre aisle & 2 side aisle.
The columns have
octagonal shafts wider at
base & tapered at capital.
Ferro cement was used to create the
undulating walls and domes, which also
helped in reducing the total load of the
Waste tiles were used on top of the