A Collection of 10 B.V. Doshi Books to Read
A Legendary Architect’s Literary Legacy

To create an identity in a newly independent nation and carve a name as one of the most celebrated and acclaimed architects in India is no less than a herculean task. Although his journey was filled with hardships, the legendary B.V. Doshi did it with such ease!

Balkrishna Doshi leaves behind not only a legacy of his architectural designs, but also notable literary pieces to his name. In this blog, we have carefully curated some of the best known books authored by him as well as the ones written on him. His distinct style of design, warm personality, creative mind and academic proficiency also reflected in his writing.

Today, as the design community mourns Balkrishna Doshi’s loss, let’s take a moment to reminisce and appreciate his books and the knowledge imparted through them, inspiring centuries to come.
Here is a collection of 10 B.V. Doshi books to read, exclusively presented by “The Architect’s Diary” – A Legendary Architect’s Literary Legacy!

Paths Uncharted

Recounts the extraordinary life and achievements of the architect BV Doshi from lifelong notes and diaries kept by him -Features several of his own drawings Dr Balkrishna Doshi is foremost among the modern Indian architects. An urban planner and educator for the past seventy years, Dr Doshi is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects.

B.V Doshi writing on Architecture and Identity

This book presents a curated selection of Balkrishna Doshi’s exceptional writings since the 1950s, with some published here for the first time. The collection of 15 lectures, articles and essays is richly illustrated with more than 50 of Doshi’s personal hand-drawn sketches.

B.V. Doshi – Architecture for the People

“Balkrishna Doshi constantly demonstrates that all good architecture and urban planning must not only unite purpose and structure but must take into account climate, site, technique and craft.” – Pritzker Prize 2018 jurors.

B.V. Doshi – Kamala House

‘Kamala House, BV Doshi’ is the third book in a series devoted to some of the famous architects, the houses they built, and the stories behind them. After travelling to England in the 40’s to complete his studies in architecture, and working under Le Corbusier in Paris, Doshi returned to a newly independent India in the early 50’s. He founded his practice, Sangath, and struck out on his own intensely humanistic path, with projects ranging from civic and educational institutions to low-income housing projects and the home he built for his own family in 1963 : Kamala House, named after his wife, and home to three generations of family over the past 50 years. In 2018 Doshi was awarded the coveted Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Sangath Indian architecture between tradition and modernity

Sangath (1979-81) sits between two phases in the oeuvre of the Indian master architect Balkrishna Doshi: a first phase, in which machine-like cubic masses are raised aloft in the landscape; and a second, characterized by crustacean-like creatures lying embedded in the ground. The first includes the Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad (1957-62) and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (1977-85), and the second is the eccentric Husain-Doshi Gufa (1992-95) that followed Sangath. Sangath is a key project that takes Doshi from an explicitly rational and objective approach to architecture toward an openly oneiric and mythopoeic way of working.

The Masters in India – Balkrishna Doshi 

The book includes an essay by Bruno Melotto, which presents the local architectural scene in India through some of it’s most important personalities.

Scapes – Laura de Santillana and Alessandro diaz de Santillana

This book celebrates Scapes, a gloriously colorful, dynamic new body of work in glass imagined and executed by siblings Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana. In addition to having a family history anchored in the traditions of glassmaking in Murano, Italy, both are respected artists in the international Studio Glass movement and have enjoyed successful solo careers. This book celebrates their first collaboration.

Portrait Of A House – Conversations with B.V. Doshi

Portrait of a house is Dayanita Singh’s most recent work. Through a series of conversations between Singh and architect B.V. Doshi, we encounter two artists working with a common medium, that of communicating and storytelling through light.

B.V. Doshi Architect, Pune, Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy of School of Art

B. V. Doshi An Architecture for India

The book is in four main parta: a historical essay: a section which analyses key projects in detail with the aid of sketches, models, drawings and diary jottings: a selection of the architect’s reflections; and a postscript by the author on the trends in Indian architecture. A detailed bibliorashy and cataloge of Doshi’s works complete the study.

Humble abode named after a cottage in Dandaka Forest built by Lord Rama | RSAA Studio

‘कुटीरम्’ in Sanskrit is a humble abode named after a cottage in Dandaka forest built by Lord Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita. It means “a house made of bamboo, leaves and straws.” Humble abode named after a cottage in Dandaka Forest built by Lord Rama | RSAA Studio Set in the dense old part of the […]

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The Majestic Exterior of the House Embraced the Tenet of Classical Architecture | New Dimension

The majestic exterior of the house embraced the tenet of classical architecture, presenting a symmetrical facade that exuded an air of harmony. The task at hand was to create a dwelling fit for a family of four, along with their diligent support staff. The vision was to craft a residence in the classical style, drawing […]

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Walk-in wardrobe design: Where Fashion Finds Its Home

A well-organized walk-in wardrobe design is important for maintaining an efficient and visually appealing storage space, especially in Indian homes. In India, where space is limited, a walk-in wardrobe allows for optimal space utilization and customization that allows for the proper arrangement of clothing and accessories, ensuring that every item has its designated place. A […]

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The Community Centre Is A Memorial Building For The Client’s Father | Sanjay Puri Architects

As per the brief, The Community Centre is a memorial building for the client’s father, Padmaramji Kularia in Nokha, Rajasthan. The sweeping curvilinear volume rises up from the northeastern corner. The Community Centre Is A Memorial Building For The Client’s Father | Sanjay Puri Architects It further loops around the site and rises up on […]

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The Existing Outhouse Structure Is Transformed Into An Exhibition Space | Square

The existing outhouse structure is transformed into an exhibition space. It is a space where one can host exhibitions, design workshops, fashion pop-up shows, and Sunday brunches. At the same time, it also serves as an office. The Existing Outhouse Structure Is Transformed Into An Exhibition Space | Square The vision behind developing this experience […]

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20 Types of Door Handles for a Stylish Home Upgrade

Types of door handles play a pivotal role in both functionality and aesthetics, offering diverse options to complement various architectural styles and personal preferences. Understanding the plethora of choices can help in selecting the perfect door handle for any space. From traditional lever handles to modern electronic ones, the market boasts an array of designs […]

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A House Extension That Seamlessly Blends With A Rejuvenated Facade | Gangwal PMC

The clients expressed a desire for a house extension that seamlessly blends with a rejuvenated facade and boasts luxurious yet timeless interiors. Right from the start, their preference for a minimal and contemporary design was evident. Additionally, they emphasized the importance of redefining the utility of existing terraces in the overall project vision. The house […]

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50 Exceptional Baluster Design Ideas Suitable For Indian Homes

Baluster design plays a crucial role in architectural aesthetics, particularly in structures like staircases, balconies, and railings. These vertical supports not only provide structural integrity but also contribute significantly to the overall visual appeal of a building or space. Baluster design also vary widely, ranging from simple and utilitarian to intricate and ornate, reflecting different […]

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10 Captivating Wall Texture and Colour Combinations for Indian Homes

Texture and Colour are powerful tools for creating a unique and functional space. They not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also create an ambience that resonates with style and purpose. These textures and colours can be sleek and modern or rustic and inviting, allowing you to infuse your personality into the walls. They serve […]

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Design Has A Contemporary Approach With A Neutral Material Palette | Inner Value Architects

The Design has a contemporary approach backed by a neutral material palette, bringing out the balance in the rhythm of the spaces, integrating the large garden space, that plugs into a L-shaped built-space. The residence site is a amalgamation of two 400 sq. yards plots, and thus composes to a almost square plot of 800 […]

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