NEW DELHI — Charles Correa, one of India's greatest contemporary architects, passed away on Tuesday in Mumbai following a brief illness. He was 84.
Correa was responsible for designing many landmark buildings including the Gandhi Memorial at Sabarmati, Vidhan Bhavan in Bhopal, the Permanent Mission of India at the UN, New York, Kala Academy in Goa and the Kanchanjunga residential tower in Mumbai.
Born on September 1, 1930 in Secunderabad, Correa studied at St Xavier's College in Mumbai before going to the University of Michigan in 1949 and then the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953. He was awarded with numerous awards during his lifetime including, Padma Vibhushan in 2006 and Padma Shri in 1972.
The LIC building, at Connaught Place, New Delhi, was designed by Charles Correa in 1986.
This is the central courtyard at Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur. Charles Correa designed it in 1993. Performances of traditional Rajasthani music sometimes happen here which are set off beautifully in this strong example of contemporary Indian design.
From 1970–75, Correa was the Chief Architect for New Bombay (Navi Mumbai), an urban growth center of 2 million people across the harbour from the existing city of Mumbai. Here, along with Shirish Patel and Pravina Mehta he was involved in extensive urban planning of the new city.
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Charles Correa designed this research and diagnostic center located in Lisbon in 2004. It is a state-of-the-art facility guided by some of the best scientist in the world. In an interview, Correa had said
, “What makes me most proud about this project is that it is NOT a Museum of Modern Art. On the contrary, it uses the highest levels of contemporary science and medicine to help people grappling with real problems; cancer, brain damage and going blind. And to house these cutting-edge activities, we tried to create a piece of architecture. Architecture as Sculpture. Architecture as Beauty. Beauty as therapy.”
With approximately 42 thousand sq. metre. of commercial and entertainment spaces on five acres of land, City Centre Salt Lake is one of the first malls that was built in Kolkata. It is considered one of the few finely designed malls
Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal is a multi art centre, set up to create an interactive proximity between the verbal, visual and performing arts. Correa made Bharat Bhavan in 1982. It is one one of the best pieces of architecture the country has witnessed.
The Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya is a quaint Gujarati-style house in Mumbai where Mahatma Gandhi lived from 1917 to 1934. The Mahatma Gandhi Sangrahalaya was Charles Correa's first important project.