Beton Brut

More photos from my trip to India this summer. A whole lot of Le Corbusier. Everything we saw was still being used for its stated purpose. The concrete might not be aging all that well, but at least the buildings are still useful. Most of other Le Corbusier projects I’ve visited have been turned into museums.

in Chandigarh: 

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in Ahmedabad:

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Millowners 5

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3 comments

  1. So brutalist- looks like Boston! Love it!

  2. David, what did you think about how the buildings were aging? It’s great to hear the functions were preserved and I’m curious if the wear of the building is affecting it positively or adding a nice patina?

  3. It all depended on the general maintenance of the building. Some looked great, others not so great. Out of the projects above, the Millowner’s Association building is in great shape, and they clearly spend a lot of time and money taking care of it. The capital complex in Chandigarh does not seem to be aging as gracefully. There are parking lots where plazas should be, air conditioners in the bri soleil’s, water staining everywhere, messy repainting jobs… That being said, the capital complex is still very much in use, and very much in keeping with other government buildings we saw on our trip. The Millowner’s Association is out of the ordinary.

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