A Tropical House

The Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi

Edited by Bruno Maurer

A Tropical House

Edited by Bruno Maurer

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200 pages | 47 color plates and 139 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2014
Paper $80.00 ISBN: 9783856763268 Published August 2014 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
The Embassy of Switzerland that was opened in New Delhi in 1963 was designed to be both an architectural expression of Swiss diplomacy in India and a symbol of a special political friendship between an old democracy and a young one. Both the embassy building itself, designed by Hans Hofmann and Walter Rüegg, and the staff quarters designed by Achyut Kanvinde and Shauka Rai, display a deep engagement with local architectural and climatic conditions—a model case of how “global architecture” can work. This lavishly illustrated volume celebrates this Swiss-Indian collaboration on its fiftieth anniversary through plans, photographs, and essays.

On the upswing: relations between Switzerland and India are expanding and gathering pace

Preface by Didier Burkhalter

The Embassy of Switzerland in New Dehli: the architecture

Photographs by Ariel Huber

A stage for work and life: approaches to the Embassy building in New Dehli

Essay by Linus von Castelmur

An old republic and an ancient country: relations between Switzerland and India

Essay by Marc Perrenoud

Extending Imperial Dehli: the Diplomatic Enclave of Chanakyapuri

Essay by Anupam Bansal

Under a single roof: building operations, 1960-1963

Photographs by Walter Rüegg

Development of a tropical house: the planning and construction of the Embassy of Switzerland in New Dehli

Essay by Bruno Maurer

The definitive project: compound, main building, garden and swimming-pool

Plans and time schedule

Building site journal, 1963

Photographs and notes by Walter Rüegg

Building an independent nation: Achyut Kanvinde and modern architecture in India

Essay by Ariel Huber

Chancery and Resistance: interior views

Photographs by Ariel Huber

Not just Chandigarh: in the footsteps of Swiss architects in India

Essay by Arthur Rüegg

The compound and Staff Quarters

Photographs by Ariel Huber


Biographical notes

Notes on contributors

Synopsis 1915-2013

The Ambassadors of Switzerland in India since 1947

Index and credits


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