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Library and Lecture Theatres for BARC

The Central Complex at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, has a distinct architectural style, originally designed by an Italian firm in the late 1960s. In the 1990s, there was a need to expand some of its facilities, due to the diminishing space available in the Central Library and the growing demand for the Lecture Theatre (or Central Auditorium).

This proposal was put forward to the relevant authorities. After a detailed study, it was decided that an extension of the existing buildings would be the most economical and practical solution, and the debate on the aesthetics of the expansion was resolved by proposing structures that extended out of the main buildings, using the same architectural concepts.

The library expansion plan shown below was accepted and carried out.

The lecture theatres were not extended due to other planning reasons, but the design that was proposed is as follows.