A semi-open cafeteria and an enclosed, air-conditioned contemporary art gallery are placed around a landscaped court, to create a meeting place and cultural hub for the students of the Jamia University in New Delhi. The architects, known for their use of contemporary architectural language, have designed a project that stands apart from the colonial styles and ‘Muslim’ ornamentation that characterised the older buildings on campus. The materials were chosen to express the building’s contemporary identity: steel and stone for the cafeteria, and concrete and glass (with metal louvers to modulate the light) in the gallery space.
Castro Canteen & MF Hussain Cultural Centre Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.