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Architectural Bangalore

Bangalore has absorbed architectural influences from across the country and the world.
The Vidhana Soudha was conceptualised to echo some architectural features of the Kumara Krupa, the Mysore Palace, the Basvanandishwara Temple, the Somnathpur Temple and the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.


London’s Crystal Palace was the inspiration for the Glass House that was originally called the Albert Victor Conservatory. The St Paul’s Cathedral located in London served as a model for St Mark’s Cathedral, while the Tudor style Windsor Castle served as a model for the Bangalore Palace constructed in 1880 by the then Maharaja of Mysore at a cost of Rs 10 lakh.


Bowring Hospital, started in 1866, was planned on the lines of Le Ribboisiere in Paris. The City Central Observatory that has been maintaining meteorological data of Bangalore is modelled on Alipore Observatory in Kolkata.


Russell Market, built in 1927, is a quaint piece of architecture in the Indo-Sarcenic style.


Bangalore architecture comes in different shapes too like the violin-shaped Chowdiah Memorial Hall or the pyramid-shaped meditation centre in Kebbedoddi village, Harohalli on Kanakapura Road near Bangalore. The Jal Bhavan, the headquarters of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, on Bannerghatta Road is semi-circular in shape at the top portion.


Big names in architecture have been associated with some of the popular structures in Bangalore. The Visvesvaraya Tower, one of the tallest buildings with 21 floors measuring 85 metres and built between 1974 and 1980 was designed by the famous architect Charles Correa.


The campus of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore was designed by celebrated architect Balakrishna V Doshi, who trained under renowned architects Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn.

The 100-acre campus is based on the design of the town of Fatehpur Sikri, laid out by Akbar in the 16th century. Similarly, Nrityagram, the dance village in Hesaraghatta was designed by Laurie Baker.

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