The Structure

Works of Mahendra Raj

Sixty years of engineering: Mahendra Raj's extraordinary structures in India and the Middle East.



Edited by Vandini Mehta, Rohit Raj Mehndiratta, Ariel Huber

1st edition

, 2016

Text in English


428 pages, 267 color and 303 b/w illustrations

19.5 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-025-1


The Structure explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India.

The Structure features twenty-eight of Mahendra Raj’s buildings in detail through rich photographs and color reproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and by the architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviews with Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation with the architect BV Doshi, and an illustrated complete list of Raj’s works.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Ariel Huber

 graduated in architecture from ETH Zurich and now specializes in architectural photography.

Rohit Raj Mehndiratta

 is an architect and urban designer, and a co-founder of Studio VanRO in Delhi.

Vandini Mehta

 is an architect and urban researcher, and a co-founder of Studio VanRO in Delhi.


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Exterior view of the Municipal Stadium, Ahmedabad © Ariel Huber

Tagore Memorial Theatre, Ahmedabad, 1965; Drawing showing the trapezoidal folded-frame structure that emerged from the various alternatives considered. © Mahendra Raj

Tagore Memorial Theatre, Ahmedabad, 1965; Overall view of the theatre from the south-west corner. © Mahendra Raj Archives

Shri Ram Centre, New Delhi, 1968; Seen in this exterior view, the pinned hollow drum wall, the radial beam structure of the auditorium and the cross-shaped columns that lift and separate the parasol above it. © Ariel Huber

Hall of Nations, New Delhi, 1972; Internal view © Ariel Huber

NCDC Office, New Delhi, 1980; Sample calculation sheets analysing moments and the total loads on the frame at the lift and toilet cores © Mahendra Raj

Indoor Sports Stadium, Spinagar, 1982; construction site © Mahendra Raj Archives

Jaisalmer Airport, Jaisalmer, 2013 © Rohit Raj Mehndiratta

Jaisalmer Airport, Jaisalmer, 2013; (Partial) Drawing no. S-G-JTB-06.4A: Truss Elevations with Dimensions: 26 April 2010 © Mahendra Raj


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