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Do­mus In­dia 67 cover de­sign

The cover is de­rived from one of the façades of the Vir­chow 16 build­ing de­signed by RMA Ar­chi­tects for the No­var­tis cam­pus in Basel, Switzer­land. The im­age ab­stracts colour-light, transper­ancy, and depth of one of the skins of the build­ing. The skins of this build­ing are de­signed to re­spond to, as well as cre­ate a new con­text for this in­cre­men­tal cam­pus, so each side of the build­ing is de­signed with a dif­fer­ent con­cep­tual frame­work and ar­chi­tec­tural tech­nique. The build­ing de­vel­ops an ar­chi­tec­ture of skin as ‘thick de­scrip­tion’ where re­la­tion­ships of the in­side and the out­side, of work and street, of hi­er­ar­chies and or­gan­i­sa­tion are crit­i­cally re­drawn. The ab­strac­tion of this façade is a struc­tur­ing of colour-bleeds — where form and struc­ture are ev­i­dent but depth and transper­ancy open up an­other di­men­sion into the build­ing — ex­plor­ing the skin as a deep struc­ture of ar­chi­tec­ture. The cover col­lage also bor­rows from Se­her Shah’s ‘Capitol Com­plex’ se­ries where she de­ploys the façades and ar­chi­tec­tonic el­e­ments of key build­ings by Le Cor­bus­ier in Chandigarh and draws on a mix of the per­sonal and his­tor­i­cal, for­mu­lat­ing new con­stel­la­tions from ar­chi­tec­tural ge­ome­tries. From Cor­bus­ier and Chandigarh, to RMA Ar­chi­tects from Mum­bai and their de­sign of Vir­chow 16 in Basel, one no­tices a rich history of de­sign and con­text de­bates, ar­chi­tects work­ing across dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, and the lega­cies of ap­proaches to façade de­signs. The slight but strik­ing ref­er­ence to an art­work by Se­her Shah is key for the way Cor­bus­ier’s façade is now re­placed with an ab­stract colour field from the more con­tem­po­rary build­ing in Switzer­land, by an ar­chi­tect from In­dia.

This cover is an edi­to­rial ex­ten­sion of the cover of the last is­sue - Oc­to­ber 2017 - which fo­cussed on Mod­ern Ar­chi­tec­ture and the col­lage of its struc­tural, tec­tonic, and vis­ual lan­guages that emerge from a com­bi­na­tion of the for­mer two. Tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance with il­lus­tra­tion: Swap­nil Red­kar

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