Architect Raj Rewal's Famous Works

6 May 2024

Raj Rewal is an eminent Indian architect born on September 17, 1934, in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India. Raj Rewal's works (sketches and models) are also the first to have been housed in New York’s MOMA.

Raj Rewal Architect Philosophy

Raj Rewal's works are characterized by a thoughtful integration of traditional architectural principles with modern design concepts, reflecting a deep understanding of cultural contexts and societal needs.

Hall of Nations, Pragati Maidan Raj Rewal

Hall of Nations is a testament to Raj Rewal’s inclination towards brutalist architecture. It was the world’s first and largest space-frame structure to be built with reinforced concrete. It was 144 ft long and 90 ft high.

A tessellating triangular structure was used to form a capped pyramid. The use of tetrahedrons, triangular forms, and hexagons was quite rampant in the building. The pile foundation supported numerous post-tensioned beams.

CIDCO Housing Raj Rewal

CIDCO Housing by Raj Rewal is a low-income high-density urban housing project undertaken by Raj Rewal in Belapur, Navi Mumbai in 1993. It uses courtyards, terraces, and balconies in 1408 units.

The services of overhead tanks, garbage disposal, drainage systems, and proper sanitation were given. Handmade terracotta tiles and rough granite stones were used with exposed plasterwork.

Raj Rewal Asian Games Village

The urban pattern of low-rise, high-density development represents the typical Indian ‘mohalla.’ Raj Rewal Asian Games village has a type-based design brief for 500 units on a 35-acre plot.

The 500 housing units included 300 apartments spread across two to four-story buildings and 200 standalone townhouses, with three variations of each unit type.