Tara Books is holding an event at Book Building this Saturday evening.
Their principal architect and the founder of the Madras Office for Architects and Designers Mahesh Radhakrishnan will be giving a lecture about the process of designing spaces, with a particular focus on India and their new Book Building. He will discussing how architects think, their creative processes and tools as well as how they tackle challenges, and why it's important to have well-crafted quality spaces.
After the talk there will be refreshments & open tours to usually restricted areas of the building. We'll also be launching our new exhibition, which charts the progress of the Book Building project through photos, sketches and 3D models.
Mahesh on Key Aspects of Book Building
Book Building is not perceived just as a functional container but a platform for
collaboration and dialogue. The flow of spaces within the building we hope will lend itself
to opportunities for this to occur.
Art was intended to be running through the building, not as a museum but more as
a studio or workshop where discovery, surprise or inspiration is pure happenstance. We
imagined the building itself as an evolving canvas
The distinctive window grills are a direct take on what we identified Tara Books with. We
took the local craft of using grills for security purposes and composed and juxtaposed them.
For us this collage almost represents an imagery of the city through the building.
Notes for Editors
• Key Book Building statistics include: Plot area: 2455 sqft; Built area: 3450 sqft;
Usable area: 4450 sqft; Building height: 11m from formed ground level
• The Design In-charge is Mahesh Radhakrishnan while the team consists of
Aahed Mirza, Ludovic Tiollier, Shyni Mathew, Chandrika Ravichandran, Salome
Houllier, Dhiyva Ravishankar, Ashwin Ashok.
• Book Building officially opened 25th February 2012
• Opening hours & exhibition timings: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 7.30pm.
The exhibition officially opens on 28th April, and will run until 26th May.
• More details can be found on: www.tarabooks.com/book-building and on
• For directions see www.tarabooks.com/contact