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Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India

Location: Sargam Marg, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, India
Year built: Built between 1962 and 1975
Architect: Louis Kahn

The Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad is known around the world for its distinctive style of architecture. Comprising of numerous arches and circles, IIM-A is defined by its exposed red brickwork and concrete slabs, beams and lintels.

Built between 1962 and 1975, the first buildings to be constructed were the facility houses, student dorms and the main academic complex. Louis Kahn’s unique geometric shapes can be seen in the academic blocks and dorms, and there are vast corridors outside all classrooms.

Kahn was chosen for the project by the National Institute of Design due to his ability to skillfully combine traditional and vernacular Indian architecture with modern construction. In recent years, sections of the campus have undergone renovation work, and a campus-wide wall made of bricks has also been built. From 2001 to 2009, a new site at IIM-A was erected using different materials to Kahn, but architects followed his broad philosophy of design.

About Louis Kahn

Louis Kahn was an American architect most famous for his monumental and monolithic style. Considered one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Kahn’s work was meticulous, but he didn’t arrive at his distinctive architectural style until he was in his 50s. Heavily influenced by his time as an Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, he eventually adopted a back-to-the-basics approach.

Kahn died of a heart attack a year before IIM-A was finished. Although he didn’t get to see the building in its complete form, a number of his proposals remain unbuilt to this day.

Photos by @stewy6, @building_pics, @jpcovai