The High Court of Le Corbusier [Chandigarh, India]

Chandigarh is one of the most adorable places I’ve been to India. My first meeting with the architecture of the famous Le Corbusier.

It might be a bit strange to see the High Court without colours, but I want to show the play of light and shade, volumes and voids.

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Umbrella of shelter.
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A magnificent rhythm of elements.
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Cut-outs and niches establish a playful connection with the human scale.
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Protection from summer sunlight and monsoon.

For visiting Capitol Complex you need to take your ID with you and register for excursion for 12 or 3 p.m. Sundays they are closed.

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My Heroes [Noida.India]

Today I’ve visited a local government school in Noida [India]. Boys and girls seat on the floor with one book, they play in the dust, but they do not complain because they have a chance to study.

They are kids, but their eyes can tell much more. The great opportunity to learn a lot from them for one architectural project connected to education.

My Heroes.

Agrasen ki Baoli in New Delhi [India]

Agrasen ki Baoli is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well — reservoir for water — in New Delhi, India.

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My groupmate from Mexico city

The water was falling down step by step and people could collect it the main storage down the stairs. During monsoon the level of water increase, covering the half of the hight.

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Our professor Gunnar Hartmann

Unfortunately, nowadays stepwells are not used. The authorities during the British Raj found the hygiene of the stepwells less than desirable and had installed pipe and pump systems to replace their purpose.

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The main view at Agrasen ki Bowli

The importance of water to the locations in which they were found have been realized in recent decades, now that many communities in the area have scarcity of rain and water. The construction of these wells encouraged the incorporation of water into the culture where they were popular. These stepwells were proven to be well-built sturdy structures, after withstanding earthquakes in the range of 7.6 on the Richter scale.

Information is taken from Wikipedia for general overview.

Stairs of Lucknow [India]

The water tank steps opposite the clock tower in Lucknow is an amazing place to get lost in geometry. It must be full of water during a monsoon season!

 

Agra Fort [India]

A couple of years ago I’ve read the book «Shantaram» and I thought that I will never ever go to India. And now I am here!

I’m exploring this amazing country of contrasts for the last three weeks. It is always better to visit touristic places as Agra Fort early in the morning right before sunrise.

No people around, just me, rising sun and indescribable marble.

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carving
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the most amazing part of Agra Fort for me

Lavender Field. Provence. France.

My first time in France I wanted to do two things:
to try a french bread and to see a lavender field.
I’ve done both and much more!

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From Nice I took a train (http://trainprovence.com/english/). Spectacular trip to villages and mountains of Provence.

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Smell of lavender is something unbeliaveble and color, of course!

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From far it looks like a river, purple river..

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If you have a car you can find much better field, but I was by foot and I was super glad I could find one!

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Don’t forget to take some tasty fruits, snacks and water with you and have an amazing picnic!

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