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Seminal Indian architect B. V. Doshi describes the difference between a house and a home, and how transforming the former into the latter is a never-ending process.

“There is a difference between a house and a home, between the product and the process,” says Balkrishna Doshi. “It starts with an understanding: I’m going to make a home, so I not only want to be comfortable but I want to feel comfortable. I want to feel happy.”

For more than half a century, Doshi has applied this simple philosophy to his work at Vastu-Shilpa, the architectural studio he founded in 1955 in Ahmedabad, India. A protégé of Le Corbusier and former associate of Louis Kahn, Doshi has created influential architecture himself; his work reads like early prototypes to the projects built by his current contemporaries—Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, for example.

  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Illustration:
    Katrin Coetzer

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  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Illustration:
    Katrin Coetzer
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