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NARIMAN
DOSSANHAI
GANDHI
ARCHITECT , ARTIST , SCULPTOR
"...THE REALITY OF
ARCHITECTURE IS NOT
CONTAINED IN THE ROOF
AND WALLS, BUT IN THE
SPACE WITHIN. IT IS THE
SPACE THAT IS."
Pen name : Nari
Born : January 1, 1934, Surat , India.
Nationality : Indian
Education : Sir J . J . College of
Architecture,Mumbai.
Career : Worked for the American Ar.
Warren Weber.
 Known for his highly innovative works in organic architecture.
 Nari completed his schooling at St. Xavier's High School, Mumbai.
 He travelled to USA to apprentice with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin and spent
five years there.
 After Wright's death in 1959, Nari left Taliesin and studied pottery at the Kent State
University for two years.
 While working in India, Nari continued to work on
 Wright's ideology of organic architecture and further
 developed his own unique style with a subtle influence of local climate and culture.
INTRODUCTION
PHILOSOPHY
 His works display a distinctive organice character.
 Nari’s works display highly skilled craftsmanship and structural
ingenuity.
 His architecture seeks inspiration from NATURE while accepting nature
as his guide.
 Most of Gandhi’s buildings in the countryside are exercises in
balancing acts to hold roofs up and unique ways in ferrying loads down
to the ground
WORK STYLE
BRICK , STONE , STEEL AND TIMBER AS STRUCTURAL MATERIALS.
GREY KOTA STONE FLOORING. POLISHED TEAK WOOD CEILINGS.
SLANTING WINDOWS AND LEATHER FURNITURE.
JAIPURI CHUNNA WAS USED FOR WALLS
COCONUT AND ALMOND TREES COVER THE ENTIRE SITE .
PAINTINGS , SCULPTURES AND POTTERY IS USED EXTENSIVELY.
LOW HEIGHT FURNITURE
DIM LIGHTING , WHICH IS NOT HARSH
TERRACOTTA MURALS ARE USED .
SOME
WORKS MOUNTAIN LODGE FOR JAL GOBHAI AT LONAVALA
 RESIDENCE FOR ASHA PAREKH AT JUHU, MUMBAI
 FARM HOUSE FOR S H DAYA AT ALIBAG
 RESIDENCE FOR S H DAYA AT MADH ISLAND, MUMBAI
 RESIDENCE FOR KISHORE BAJAJ AT KARJAT
 RESIDENCE FOR RUSTOM MEHTA AT KORLAI, ALIBAG
 RESIDENCE FOR SHREYA AND KISHOR DALAL AT AWAS, ALIBAG
 MAUSOLEUM AT KOLGAON NEAR AHMEDNAGAR
 GATEWAY TO MOSQUE AT KOLGAON
 TEJANI HOUSE AT LONAVALA
 PATEL RESIDENCE AT SURAT
 JAIN HOUSE AT LONAVALA
 DAWOOD SHOE HOUSE, MUMBAI
GOBHAI MOUNTAIN LODGE
(1964 – 1965 )
LOCATION : NEAR TUNGARLI DAM, LONAVALA, MAHARASTRA.
BUILDING TYPE : RESIDENTIAL.
FIRST PROJECT BY ARCHITECT NARI GANDHI.
THE LODGE IS LOCATED ON AN INACCESSIBLE CLIFF
TOP; IT’S A VERY REMOTE LOCATION NEAR AN
ELEVATED DAM RESERVOIR.
THE LODGE REMAINS DIFFICULT TO ACCESS EVEN WITH
A HEAVY VEHICLE.
HERE TOO HE DEVELOPS HIS GEOMETRY FROM THE
NATURE OF TWO DISTANT VIEWS-THE RAJMACHI
HILLTOP FORT AND THE VALVAN LAKE BELOW.
THE ARCHITECT USED THE EAST-
WEST MERIDIAN AS A CENTRAL
DIVISOR OF THE SITE , AND USED
A 30/60 TRAINGLE AS THE FORM
GENERATOR FOR THE HOUSE
ALONG THIS MERIDIAN.
THE CONTOURS OF THE SITE
PLAYED A MINOR ROLE,BUT THIS
TRAINGULAR LAYOUT WAS
INTENDED TO MAXIMIZE THE HEAT
AND, LIGHT OF THE SUN ALONG
THE SITE.
WALLS :
LARGE STONE WERE PLACED WITHIN WOODEN FORMWORK,
WITH THE MORE FLAT/FINISHED SIDES OF THE STONES FACING
OUTWARDS.
FOR THIS LOCALLY QUARRIED STONES WERE USED.
ROOF:
ITS ROOF COSISTS OF WOODEN TRUSSES AND STEEL.
THESE DEEP ROOF OVERHANGS PROTECTED FROM THE REGIONAL HEAVY
RAINS.
THE ROOF BEAMS ARE SET AT 30 DEGREES WHILE THE ROOF PANELS ARE
OPENINGS :
WITHIN THE ANGLES OF THE TRAINGULAR PLAN, OPENINGS WERE ALIGNED TO VIEWS OF THE
THENEARBY RESERVOIR AND VALLEY, AND DISTANT RAJMACHI FORT.
LIGHT AND VENTILATION:
THE DESIGN ALLOWS MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT INTO THE INTERIOR
SPACES……WITHIN THE LODGE ,THE MAIN LIVING AREAS WERE
EXPOSED TO MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT .
MATERIAL USED
LOCALLY QUARRIED STONE
FOR WALLS .
•WOODEN TRUSSES AND
STEEL FOR ROOF.
•CONCRETE FOR FLOORING.
JAIN HOUSE, LONAVLA (1989 – 1992 )
GENERAL VIEW OF THE JAIN BUNGALOW, LOOKING AT
THE SLOPING ROOFS SET IN THE UNDULATING TERRAIN.
IT HAS A TOTAL OF 9 ROOMS : A PRAYER ROOM, A
LIVING ROOM, A CARD ROOM ,A DINING ROOM, A
KITCHEN AND FOUR BEDROOM.
STRUCTURE CONSIST OF STONE MASONARY WALLS OF
VARYINF SIZES AND COLORS.
A SINGLE LARGE ROOF PLANE, DOTTED WITH DORMER
WINDOWS AND COVERED WITH MANGALORE TILES.
INTERNAL COURTS ON DIFFERENT LEVELS ARE
COVERED IN TRANSPARENT CORRUGATED ROOFING
SHEETS.
Exterior view of the garage showing the play of mangalore-tiled
sloping roofs, supported by steel members on the ground
Exterior view looking upwards at the entrance facing balcony
and Mangalore-tiled roof
view of the steel truss-supported roof that follows
the terraced landscaping on site
The external wall is made of hand-dressed stone arranged in
random rubble masonry
Interior view of the bedroom wall showing the exposed truss overhead and
elongated polygonal openings set in dressed stone masonry
Interior view looking towards the card room with a
hemispherical grilled opening
Interior view looking at the flight of
stairs leading to the main living
spaces of the house
Detail view of the staircase with the
curvilinear forms of openings, pots,
and arches around it

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Nariman dossanhai gandhi

  • 1. NARIMAN DOSSANHAI GANDHI ARCHITECT , ARTIST , SCULPTOR "...THE REALITY OF ARCHITECTURE IS NOT CONTAINED IN THE ROOF AND WALLS, BUT IN THE SPACE WITHIN. IT IS THE SPACE THAT IS."
  • 2. Pen name : Nari Born : January 1, 1934, Surat , India. Nationality : Indian Education : Sir J . J . College of Architecture,Mumbai. Career : Worked for the American Ar. Warren Weber.
  • 3.  Known for his highly innovative works in organic architecture.  Nari completed his schooling at St. Xavier's High School, Mumbai.  He travelled to USA to apprentice with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin and spent five years there.  After Wright's death in 1959, Nari left Taliesin and studied pottery at the Kent State University for two years.  While working in India, Nari continued to work on  Wright's ideology of organic architecture and further  developed his own unique style with a subtle influence of local climate and culture. INTRODUCTION
  • 4. PHILOSOPHY  His works display a distinctive organice character.  Nari’s works display highly skilled craftsmanship and structural ingenuity.  His architecture seeks inspiration from NATURE while accepting nature as his guide.  Most of Gandhi’s buildings in the countryside are exercises in balancing acts to hold roofs up and unique ways in ferrying loads down to the ground
  • 5. WORK STYLE BRICK , STONE , STEEL AND TIMBER AS STRUCTURAL MATERIALS. GREY KOTA STONE FLOORING. POLISHED TEAK WOOD CEILINGS. SLANTING WINDOWS AND LEATHER FURNITURE. JAIPURI CHUNNA WAS USED FOR WALLS COCONUT AND ALMOND TREES COVER THE ENTIRE SITE . PAINTINGS , SCULPTURES AND POTTERY IS USED EXTENSIVELY. LOW HEIGHT FURNITURE DIM LIGHTING , WHICH IS NOT HARSH TERRACOTTA MURALS ARE USED .
  • 6. SOME WORKS MOUNTAIN LODGE FOR JAL GOBHAI AT LONAVALA  RESIDENCE FOR ASHA PAREKH AT JUHU, MUMBAI  FARM HOUSE FOR S H DAYA AT ALIBAG  RESIDENCE FOR S H DAYA AT MADH ISLAND, MUMBAI  RESIDENCE FOR KISHORE BAJAJ AT KARJAT  RESIDENCE FOR RUSTOM MEHTA AT KORLAI, ALIBAG  RESIDENCE FOR SHREYA AND KISHOR DALAL AT AWAS, ALIBAG  MAUSOLEUM AT KOLGAON NEAR AHMEDNAGAR  GATEWAY TO MOSQUE AT KOLGAON  TEJANI HOUSE AT LONAVALA  PATEL RESIDENCE AT SURAT  JAIN HOUSE AT LONAVALA  DAWOOD SHOE HOUSE, MUMBAI
  • 7. GOBHAI MOUNTAIN LODGE (1964 – 1965 ) LOCATION : NEAR TUNGARLI DAM, LONAVALA, MAHARASTRA. BUILDING TYPE : RESIDENTIAL. FIRST PROJECT BY ARCHITECT NARI GANDHI. THE LODGE IS LOCATED ON AN INACCESSIBLE CLIFF TOP; IT’S A VERY REMOTE LOCATION NEAR AN ELEVATED DAM RESERVOIR. THE LODGE REMAINS DIFFICULT TO ACCESS EVEN WITH A HEAVY VEHICLE. HERE TOO HE DEVELOPS HIS GEOMETRY FROM THE NATURE OF TWO DISTANT VIEWS-THE RAJMACHI HILLTOP FORT AND THE VALVAN LAKE BELOW.
  • 8. THE ARCHITECT USED THE EAST- WEST MERIDIAN AS A CENTRAL DIVISOR OF THE SITE , AND USED A 30/60 TRAINGLE AS THE FORM GENERATOR FOR THE HOUSE ALONG THIS MERIDIAN. THE CONTOURS OF THE SITE PLAYED A MINOR ROLE,BUT THIS TRAINGULAR LAYOUT WAS INTENDED TO MAXIMIZE THE HEAT AND, LIGHT OF THE SUN ALONG THE SITE.
  • 9. WALLS : LARGE STONE WERE PLACED WITHIN WOODEN FORMWORK, WITH THE MORE FLAT/FINISHED SIDES OF THE STONES FACING OUTWARDS. FOR THIS LOCALLY QUARRIED STONES WERE USED. ROOF: ITS ROOF COSISTS OF WOODEN TRUSSES AND STEEL. THESE DEEP ROOF OVERHANGS PROTECTED FROM THE REGIONAL HEAVY RAINS. THE ROOF BEAMS ARE SET AT 30 DEGREES WHILE THE ROOF PANELS ARE OPENINGS : WITHIN THE ANGLES OF THE TRAINGULAR PLAN, OPENINGS WERE ALIGNED TO VIEWS OF THE THENEARBY RESERVOIR AND VALLEY, AND DISTANT RAJMACHI FORT. LIGHT AND VENTILATION: THE DESIGN ALLOWS MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT INTO THE INTERIOR SPACES……WITHIN THE LODGE ,THE MAIN LIVING AREAS WERE EXPOSED TO MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT .
  • 10. MATERIAL USED LOCALLY QUARRIED STONE FOR WALLS . •WOODEN TRUSSES AND STEEL FOR ROOF. •CONCRETE FOR FLOORING.
  • 11. JAIN HOUSE, LONAVLA (1989 – 1992 ) GENERAL VIEW OF THE JAIN BUNGALOW, LOOKING AT THE SLOPING ROOFS SET IN THE UNDULATING TERRAIN. IT HAS A TOTAL OF 9 ROOMS : A PRAYER ROOM, A LIVING ROOM, A CARD ROOM ,A DINING ROOM, A KITCHEN AND FOUR BEDROOM. STRUCTURE CONSIST OF STONE MASONARY WALLS OF VARYINF SIZES AND COLORS. A SINGLE LARGE ROOF PLANE, DOTTED WITH DORMER WINDOWS AND COVERED WITH MANGALORE TILES. INTERNAL COURTS ON DIFFERENT LEVELS ARE COVERED IN TRANSPARENT CORRUGATED ROOFING SHEETS.
  • 12.
  • 13. Exterior view of the garage showing the play of mangalore-tiled sloping roofs, supported by steel members on the ground Exterior view looking upwards at the entrance facing balcony and Mangalore-tiled roof
  • 14. view of the steel truss-supported roof that follows the terraced landscaping on site The external wall is made of hand-dressed stone arranged in random rubble masonry
  • 15. Interior view of the bedroom wall showing the exposed truss overhead and elongated polygonal openings set in dressed stone masonry Interior view looking towards the card room with a hemispherical grilled opening
  • 16. Interior view looking at the flight of stairs leading to the main living spaces of the house Detail view of the staircase with the curvilinear forms of openings, pots, and arches around it