pp xxx-xx "1950–2002, Tantra Museum and DCM Mandarin Hotel"

Tantra Museum, New Delhi 1974

This museum project was designed for the extensive art collection of Ajit Mookerjee.

Inspired by the symbolism of Tantra art, the concept relies on an aggregation of form, using a series of repetitive clusters comprising circular modules around a central arrival court. The circulation system provides access to the topmost floor by a flight of steps, gradually descending down to the lower floors. The strong circular forms of the building create a visual statement and are a marked departure from the orthogonal forms of Kanvinde’s earlier work. Though the project did not proceed beyond the design development stage, the ideas of this project were the basis of the designs of two science museums carried out in the 1980s.

DCM Mandarin Hotel, New Delhi 1979
Architect: Morad Chowdhury

The concept for this multistorey hotel located in the heart of New Delhi was with guest rooms in a square pin-wheel layout around a central skylit atrium. The sections stepping outwards at the upper floors is structurally stabilised at the top level by a set of cross-ties.