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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

IMI in Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Abin Design Studio

March 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Nature in its various forms has always been a constant source of inspiration to man. The sky with its various states and ever changing colors is one of the most dynamic elements of nature and is what has inspired the built form façade. The colored laminate with Vanceva PVB glass on the façade follows no repetitive pattern and is symbolic of the unpredictable nature of the sky. It also represents the vibrancy of today’s youth.

Exterior View of the Academic Block

  • ARCHITECT: Abin Design Studio
  • PROJECT: IMI Kolkata
  • LOCATION: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • ARCHITECT IN CHARGE: Abin Chaudhuri
  • DESIGN TEAM: Abin Chaudhuri, Jui Mallik, Koushik Majumder
  • SITE AREA: 11,000 sqm
  • BUILT UP AREA: 25,625 sqm
  • COMPLETED: 2010
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Pradip Sen

IMI Kolkata

The client brief required a management institute of international standards. Provisions for state of the art facilities and smart classrooms have been made for. The latest technological provisions in the institute allow for worldwide exchange of knowledge, through conventions and seminars. The architectural language of the built form is a representation of this.  The colored façade gives it a unique identity and is the first of its kind to be built in India.

Exterior View of the Academic Block

The site was a huge constraint and dictated linear planning. Special efforts were made to ensure create non-monotonous spaces which did not follow expected linear pattern. Circulations spaces and spill out zones have been created along the curved glass façade giving them a more interesting and dynamic feel. Emphasis was given to interaction points not just for students but also for the faculty encouraging exchange of knowledge and ideas at all levels.

View of the Integrated Plaza

An integrated plaza with a water body has been designed. The water body receives no direct sunlight and creates a comfortable micro-climate. Wherever possible shading trees have been planted on the hard landscape and soft landscape has been introduced.

Reflection of the Colored Glass Façade on Monochrome Glass

It is an institute that has achieved international standards not only by providing state of art facilities but also by having an architectural expression which represents that.

View from the Plaza

The Colored Glass Facade

Night View of the Academic Block

The Plaza at Night

Façade as seen from the Interiors

View of the Reception

The Reception

The Connecting Walkway & Visitors’ Room

View behind the Reception

View of Reception & Waiting Area

Corridors overlooking Reception

The Library

The Library

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One Response to “IMI in Kolkata, West Bengal, India by Abin Design Studio”

  1. William Geff says:

    This is a great site post. Thank you very much for the wonderful insight and we really appreciate the time you took to write this. thanks again.

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