Studio Visit: Anupama Kundoo

  • Words Manju Sara Rajan
  • Photography Marina Denisova

The Berlin-based architect knows what the city of the future should look like. In fact, she’s already built it.

  • Words Manju Sara Rajan
  • Photography Marina Denisova

Architect Anupama Kundoo began her practice in 1990 in Auroville, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, when she arrived in the experimental township as a fresh graduate. Founded by spiritual guru Mirra Alfassa (known as “the Mother”) and designed by French architect Roger Anger, Auroville was developed as “a city of the future.” The soul of the township is the meditation center, Matrimandir, and from it different zones radiate outward like the rings of a galaxy. Once the Mother passed away in 1973 there were disagreements among the residents about the next phase of development. This meant that, even though the construction began when it was founded in 1968, much remained unfinished by the time Anger died in 2008.

Kundoo worked for years with Anger, developing and detailing various...

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