Golconde Project TextGolconde

The Introduction of Modernism in India

Sited on the coastal edge of the Bay of Bengal, this dormitory for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, was designed by architects George Nakashima and Antonin Raymond. Completed in 1942, Golconde was the first reinforced, cast-in-place concrete building in India.   The structure is one of the clearest examples of the modernist credo: architecture as the manifest union of aesthetics, technology, and social reform. The results of our three year research project have been assembled into a traveling exhibit, inaugurated at the University of Texas at Austin.