Hailed as the first modernist structure in India, this dormitory at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram was designed by architects Antonin Raymond and George Nakashima, and built between 1937 and 1945. The building comprises two long, horizontal wings, joined by a stairwell in the middle. The length of each wing is lined with single rooms along a corridor. The most remarkable features of the structure are its front and rear facades, which are fitted with wooden louvres that can be opened and closed, allowing residents to control the amount of light and breeze coming in. The door to each room is made of perforated teak, which provides for further ventilation in the hot climate.
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