College of Architecture, Chandigarh was designed by Le Corbusier
The college is present near the capital complex and is easily
accessible from the city.
This college gives degrees in bachelor’s Course of architecture.
• PLANNING AND LAYOUT
The planning is introvert in nature. The studio and classrooms have
been grouped together around a Rectangular courtyard.
There are two doubly loaded corridors originating on two ends of
the building which Lead from the entrance to the studios and class
rooms. The facilities like library, museum, common room, dark room
and Administration and faculty rooms are on both sides of these
corridors. These corridors are poorly connected to the courtyard
through four small openings.
The design studios are on the northern side of the building. Entrance
hall is a long rectangle in shape. The Courtyard has not been well
linked with rest of the building.
There has been no thought of linking studios and the relationship
between different classes is quite poor.
Architect has failed to link the courtyard in an active manner with
rest of the building. As a result, it is a passive & a dead space.
Corridors and courtyards are poorly linked. Some faculty rooms are
very close to studios while, others are far away. Thus, a varying
nature of relationship has been generated between students and
There is little room for inter-faculty interaction corridors which are
major circulation arteries of the building help circulation in a very
uninteresting and boring manner.
• LIGHT AND VENTILATION
The classrooms, studios are other spaces deeper on north lights for
their lighting. The lighting is good during day time.
Courtyard that might have been exploited for natural lighting has
not been used for such purposed.
Ventilation is from small window, which are present on the outside
walls. The north side windows are large and near the ceilings.
Effect of the day light entering
from the northern facade
View of the northern facade
• OPEN SPACES
Courtyard is the only open space in the college which is well linked
to the rest of the college. It is a grassy lawn, used by students to
relax during their spare time. There is a large garden the south side
of the college which is linked through entrance hall the
Closed nature of study spaces.
courtyard is only interaction space in the college. Interaction and
exchange of is which forms a very important part of architectural
education has been ignored by the architect.
The uneven spacing o faculty rooms create very awkward
relationship between students & faculty.
Centrally air-conditioned library with approx. 15,000
titles in architecture and related fields.
Teaching aids like audio and videocassettes are also
Training reports of Seventh semester students are also
availablehere for reference.
The college workshop caters to the need
of ‘hands on’ experience in handling of
building construction tools and model
It has facilities including machines and
trained personnel in the fields of carpentry,
metal work and model making.
• INTERIOR SPACES
The studios are quite spacious and they are separated by low height walls.
•The doubly loaded corridors are dull spaces. The studios and the workshop are
intercepted columns in the middle.
Now days, further partitions have been put in studios to divide them into
•The walls are whitewashed while the ceiling have left of bare concrete.
On the whole, there has been no attempt to create interesting spaces by the
BRICK HAS BEEN USED AS PRIMARY BUILDING MATERIAL FOR THE
ENTIRE COMPLEX WALLS, COLUMNS.
BRICK ARCHES HAVE BEEN USED FOR WIDE SPANS.
USE OF CONCERETE HAS BEEN RESTRICTED TO FOUNDATIONS, FLOOR
SLABS, AND TIES FOR ARCHED OPENINGS.