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INTRODUCTION

The India International Centre (IIC) provides facilities for a variety of artistic and scholarly activities,

conferences and symposia organized by national and international groups. The Centre was originally conceived

in the late 1950’s by Dr. S Radhakrishnan of India and John D. Rockefeller III of United States along the lines

of other ‘International House’ facilities built contemporaneously in Tokyo and New York which, like the IIC

were founded with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The various functional requirements and special relationships present in this combined cultural and residential

institution have resulted in a design rich in variation, governed by the integration of modern techniques with

local skills and materials.



ARCHITECT : Joseph Allen Stein

BUILT IN : 1968

LOCATION : Lodhi Estate, New Delhi.



APPROACH

The complex has the two entrances/exits:

 One is on east side i.e. Max Muller Marg/ Lodhi Estate Road which leads to the portico for entrance to

the programme wing and hostel wing.

 Second entrance is from the south which leads to the programme wing.

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 In addition there are two available venues- Rock Garden and the Central Lawn for parties.



DESIGN FEATURES

 The Centre retains its own distinctive character of a green oasis amidst the newer buildings in Lodhi

Estate.

 By articulating the functions of the programme, it is possible to enter any section of the Centre

through outdoor spaces without disturbing the ongoing activities in others.

 All the main rooms (offices, library, and guest rooms) face approximately north-south, the preferred

orientation in Delhi latitude, except for the dining rooms and lounge which overlook an exceptional

view of the Lodhi Gardens.

 The height of the buildings has been kept below the base of the domes of the nearby tombs. The

materials used in construction have been allowed to assume their natural colors and textures as a

result of climate and ageing.

 The surrounding north wing of services and the west wing of guest rooms have been raised on piers,

bringing the Lodhi toms into framed view and creating a large verandah beneath.

 The guest room wing has also been given a curved from which approaches and then recedes away

from the Lodhi Gardens site boundary. This avoids an expression of a long rigid façade along the

park, and gives both a sense of focus towards the centre court as well as an expansive view out from

the guest rooms over the lawns and water of north gardens.

 The buildings respond with sensitivity to their specific location in Delhi.

 The curving façade of Residential Wing corresponds to the curving paths and walkways in the

adjacent Lodhi Gardens.

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 Provision for handicapped is made all over the complex.

 Landscapes merge with the surroundings.

 Lights come mainly from north and south.

 Single staircase in utility block is insufficient.

 Efficient by means of verandahs and less corridors.

 Unsatisfactory in terms of fire escape, only hydrants and alarm system are present.

 The jali’s have been used at different places for different purposes and use. It has been used for

mainly for four different purposes.

I. As shading devices for climate modification.

II. As decorative element.

III. To hide services like air conditioner’s pipes and other services.

IV. To prevent direct view of the interiors of the rooms from the roads and the gardens.

V. There is no provision of the sufficient parking within the complex. All the cars are parked outside

the complex which is also shared by the other buildings in the vicinity.

 The building is centrally air conditioned and the AC plant provided in the south block.

 Spaces are created with the proper blocking of forms which are used for different purposes.

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