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André Hababou                                                 Gallery     

AndréWHEN DID YOU COME TO AUROVILLE?
I came to Auroville in the year 1968.


BACKGROUND, OR SOME INFO ON YOUR TRAINING?
I did my training at 'BEAUX ARTS' in France, and came to Auroville at the age of 26. Mother asked me to work with Roger Anger in the 'Office of Architecture', which I did for many years. It was a very special period for me, a time of grace. The atmosphere was delightful, and very creative, thanks to the talent of Roger, who also had the power to bring all the people to work together, guided by the influence of the Mother. At the time there were no disagreements amongst Aurovilians about the town, the zones, or the Matrimandir, whether to have discs, petals, etc. Mother was there, and everybody was at the right place. I learned a lot and attained a certain maturity. I am grateful to Roger and Mother.

SOME MAJOR PROJECTS YOU HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR?
Surrender - a residential collective housing project.
Tibetan Pavilion - a cultural pavilion in the International Zone.
Auromode & Shradhanjali - both commercial units in the Industrial Zone.
School at New Creation.

THROUGH YOUR WORK, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO FIND, OR EXPRESS?
I try to express beauty and harmony, which is automatically linked with functionality.

WHICH OF YOUR WORKS BEST EXPRESSES YOUR VISION, OR PHILOSOPHY?
My work in Auromode factory and my own residence in Auromodele, because in both cases I didn't have to make any concession to clients. Both projects are still in progress.

PLEASE GIVE SOME OVERVIEW OF THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR WORK, AND MILESTONES ON THE WAY
When I came to Auroville, everything was new here. We didn't have any experience about the climate for instance. The materials for building were very poor. Slowly, after committing many mistakes, we progressed. Personally, I progressed when I started working with models in 3 dimensions.

WHICH ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT IN AUROVILLE, OTHER THAN YOUR OWN, DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST?
The Matrimandir, which is an expression of beauty and force.

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