A Tropical House: The Embassy Of Switzerland In New Delhi by Bruno MaurerA Tropical House: The Embassy Of Switzerland In New Delhi by Bruno Maurer

A Tropical House: The Embassy Of Switzerland In New Delhi

EditorBruno Maurer

Paperback | August 15, 2014

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The Embassy of Switzerland that was opened in New Delhi in 1963 was designed to be both an architectural expression of Swiss diplomacy in India and a symbol of a special political friendship between an old democracy and a young one. Both the embassy building itself, designed by Hans Hofmann and Walter Rüegg, and the staff quarters designed by Achyut Kanvinde and Shauka Rai, display a deep engagement with local architectural and climatic conditions-a model case of how "global architecture" can work. This lavishly illustrated volume celebrates this Swiss-Indian collaboration on its fiftieth anniversary through plans, photographs, and essays.
Bruno Maurer is a research coordinator and director of the gta Archive at ETH Zürich.
Title:A Tropical House: The Embassy Of Switzerland In New DelhiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 11 × 9 × 0.9 inPublished:August 15, 2014Publisher:gta publishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3856763260

ISBN - 13:9783856763268

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Table of Contents

On the upswing: relations between Switzerland and India are expanding and gathering pace

Preface by Didier Burkhalter

The Embassy of Switzerland in New Dehli: the architecture

Photographs by Ariel Huber

A stage for work and life: approaches to the Embassy building in New Dehli

Essay by Linus von Castelmur

An old republic and an ancient country: relations between Switzerland and India

Essay by Marc Perrenoud

Extending Imperial Dehli: the Diplomatic Enclave of Chanakyapuri

Essay by Anupam Bansal

Under a single roof: building operations, 1960-1963

Photographs by Walter Rüegg

Development of a tropical house: the planning and construction of the Embassy of Switzerland in New Dehli

Essay by Bruno Maurer

The definitive project: compound, main building, garden and swimming-pool

Plans and time schedule

Building site journal, 1963

Photographs and notes by Walter Rüegg

Building an independent nation: Achyut Kanvinde and modern architecture in India

Essay by Ariel Huber

Chancery and Resistance: interior views

Photographs by Ariel Huber

Not just Chandigarh: in the footsteps of Swiss architects in India

Essay by Arthur Rüegg

The compound and Staff Quarters

Photographs by Ariel Huber


Biographical notes

Notes on contributors

Synopsis 1915-2013

The Ambassadors of Switzerland in India since 1947

Index and credits