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Chinmaya Vibhooti Kolvan, Maharashtra
Project Facts + Design Team
DateDesign TeamHVAC Engineers
2010Nitin Killawala
Shailesh Bagtharia
Design Bureau
ClientsStructural EngineersLandscape
Chinmaya Mission TrustSritec ConsultantsAmod Shevde
Kolvan, Maharashtra
Project Area
3,75,000 Sqft

The Chinmaya mission was founded by Swami Chinmayanandji in 1953. Over the years the organization has grown manifold with over 300 spiritual centers in India and abroad, engaged in various spiritual, educational, cultural and social activities.

The site for Chinmaya Vibhooti is situated amidst the lush green landscape of the Sahayadris, at Kolwan near Pune. Given its picturesque setting, the primary aim of the project was to serve as a venue for various national and international camps in order to fulfill Chinmayanandji’s lifelong work and teachings.

The Master plan for the same offered a unique challenge in the integration of the Spiritual as well as the residential clusters. A continuous spine towards the western edge of the campus serves as a principal tie along which a sequence of spaces unfolds. A number of off-shoots from the spine set up a hierarchy of clusters, with shared common spaces fostering a sense of community within the campus.

Further still the synthesis of traditional elements with contemporary sensibilities form the bases for the overall architectural vocabulary. Selective use of technology along with visual media, especially within the “Chinmaya Jeevan Darshan”, have proved effective in communicating the vision of its founder to a larger audience.