Author: Gautam BhatiaPublisher: PenguinYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 214ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140291598
An anthology comprising twenty-nine essays, this work is a collection of meditative moments reflecting the architect's private understanding of Architecture. Having chosen a favorite building or monument, each architect narrates his or her individual experience of it, adding personal insights to illuminate design, historical facts and commonly-held beliefs, and supplements these with sketches, drawings and photographs. These are essays on public buildings, private spaces, places of worship and of learning. The architects also dwell on aspects of the ancient and the modern, utilitarian architecture and building for the sake of beauty alone. While K T Ravindran examinees the finer points of Rashtrapati Bhavan, self-confessed Roof Collector Laurie Baker takes us to the Padmanbhapuram Palace and Gautam Bhatia unravels the mystique of the shadows at IIM, Ahmedabad. The reader travels across the country gazing a Domes and Tombs in Bijapur and Agra Gothic gargoyles at Victoria Terminus, encountering the geometric precision and magic of the Jantar Mantar and absorbing the serenity of Hauz has. From palaces to temples, caves to churches, forts to steeples, this is a journey of the eye and the heart. A journey where the architect is philosopher, guide and storyteller.