Photos: A look at Anupama Kundoo’s internationally acclaimed architectural work

The architect works with a small team, has done much of her work in Pondicherry and Auroville, and is committed

Updated on Aug 30, 2021 12:28 PM IST 10 Photos

Anupama Kundoo, 54, was awarded the Auguste Perret Prize for Technology in Architecture by the International Union of Architects in May. Last week, the Royal Institute of British Architects chose her for the RIBA Charles Jencks Award, which she is set to receive in November. You may not have heard of her. But you’ve probably seen her residence, Wall House. It was showcased in the India episode of the Apple TV series Home last year.(Picture courtesy Javier Callejas)

Wall House, constructed just outside Auroville, was made with handmade mud bricks using pre-industrial techniques instead of polluting factory-made ones. Its terracotta roof was developed with ideas from local potters. The result: a sleek, avant-garde home that is still indisputably Indian. She replicated her house, brick by brick at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.(Picture courtesy Anupama Kundoo)

Pune-born Kundoo’s home, like her, is determinedly unique. She started her own practice straight after graduating from Mumbai’s Sir JJ College of Architecture in 1989 and worked with modernist architect Roger Anger in Auroville. It let her experiment with non-commercial, sustainable techniques long before green-building was a construction industry catchphrase.(Picture courtesy Andreas Deffner)


Among her acclaimed projects is Full-Fill Homes, modular crates cast in ferrocement, which can be assembled cheaply in about a week, with minimum construction experience. Most of the furniture is built-in, lowering costs further.(Picture courtesy Javier Callejas)

She has also developed and designed a shelter for homeless children in Puducherry. The domed rooms are made up of clay bricks handmade locally, and fired from within. So the rooms function as their own kiln.(Picture courtesy Javier Callejas)