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Ten of Charles Correa's finest buildings

Gayatri Jayaraman
Gayatri JayaramanJun 17, 2015 | 10:06

Ten of Charles Correa's finest buildings

1. Ismaili Centre, Toronto, 2014 - Charles Correa's last work is an architectural interpretation of Islam, taking the Polar North route, its shortest path, to face Mecca.


2. Our Lady of Salvation Church (popularly known as Portuguese Church), Mumbai 1974-77 - With a flamboyant mural by MF Husain, Correa used concrete shells to flood the space with a sacred light.


3. Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, 2013 - Conceived by Correa as a "museum of science" it is an edifice as Correa put it, to architecture as sculpture, architecture as beauty and beauty as therapy.


4. Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, 1993 -Merging the mystic power of the navagrahas and the modernity of science, and built to mirror the structure of the city itself, an example of how Correa's buildings have always moved to context.


5. IUCAA, Pune, 1992 - The Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Physics is pretty much a model of the cosmos, an undertaking only a Correa could undertake. Two swerving lines of basalt stone, topped by cuddapah and glossy granite that reflects the sky - the black on black template is reflective of outer space.


6. National Craft Museum in Delhi, 1990 - Correa conceived it as a village street, cohesive and co-dependent and building to the scale of an average Indian village.


7. The MIT Neuroscience Centre, 2005 - Using beige Portuguese stone and a glass front, Correa crafted a building that established a connectivity between three separate identities and streams.


8. Incremental Housing, New Bombay, 1986 - One of Correa's pet projects was to show that high density populations could be accommodated better in low rise with shared spaces. This project is a model of what he believed Bombay could and should be.


9. Kanchenjunga Apartments, Mumbai, 1983 - Today one of top luxury apartment blocks in India, the minimalist Kanchenjunga was used by Correa to open up to the sea breezes. Kanchenjunga uses balconies to model the old style verandas of sea facing bungalows as a mode of protection from sun and rain lashings.


10. MRF Headquarters, Chennai, 1992 - Keeping in mind the low rise nature of the city then, the headquarters followed the curve of the road to form terraced gardens. Correa used his work to consistently reject the need for high rises.



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