Achyut P. Kanvinde: Dudhsagar Dairy Complex, 1970C–1973

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  • Delhi-based architect Achyut Kanvinde’s design of the Dudhsagar Dairy (Dudhsagar literally meaning sea of milk), a milk factory located in Mehsana in the state of Gujarat, is an early manifestation of the ambitious, nation-wide dairy development program by the Indian government in the last quarter of the twentieth century (1970–1996).The formal expression of soaring ventilation shafts interlaced with the horizontal structure of production spaces resulted in a dramatic monumental ensemble that symbolized the developmental aspiration of modernizing farmers who owned the enterprise. Excerpt from Prajakta Sane’s article in: SOS Brutalism: A Global Survey. Catalog DAM + Wüstenrot Foundation, Zurich (Park Books) 2017

  • The original buildings remain well maintained through repainting and renovations.