Goa State Central Library in Panaji

The Goa State Central Library is one of the oldest existing public library in India inaugrated on the 15th September 1832 by Viceroy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro, it was then called Publica Livraria. Since then the library has transformed from a library with military institute, municipal office and academy and finally became a National Library. Read more about its history here. It is located right next to the Goa State Museum. In recent years it has undergone extensive renovation and has transformed itself into India’s best library with very good facilities and the envy of other State/Central libraries.

Website: Goa State Central Library
Images: Yours truly

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Compilation: Art Deco in Mumbai

“Art deco, or deco, is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. Art deco’s linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of its predecessor style art nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles of the early twentieth century,including neoclassical, constructivism, cubism, modernism and futurism and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms. Although many design movements have political or philosophical beginnings or intentions, art deco was purely decorative.”

Marine Drive. The Art Deco epicenter in Mumbai. (Source: unknown)

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Mill Owners’ Association Building, Ahmedabad

Brutalistic Surface of the building has lead to moss growth on the surface (front facade)
Front Facade – Brutalistic Surface of the building has lead to moss growth on the surface (Mimoa.eu)

ArchitectLe Corbusier 
Year of Completion: 1954
Image SourcesFlickr user DaveybotMimoa.eu and Flickr user Spackle

Le Corbusier is an iconic architect and continuing source of inspiration to everyone. He is the architect of not only many buildings but also India’s most well planned city, Chandigarh. His ideas were wildly innovative and never thought of before. He was invited by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to design Chandigarh in 1951, but he was also commissioned to design a few buildings such as Ahmedabad Museum. Here is the commentary for one his designs in Ahmedabad, the Mill Owner’s Association Building.

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