One of the First Settlements in Auroville
Aspiration was first designed as temporary accommodation for newcomers eager to join Auroville, and content with a simple communal lifestyle. The roof of the huts and dining hall were made out of wood rafters and coconut leaves. The windows were nothing more than light flaps, lined with cloth or thin plywood. Finishings were very simple, but eventually, the installation of electricity and construction of small bathrooms did follow. Kuilayapalayam, the village near which Aspiration was built, saw much development in and around it. Auroville factories, units, offices, schools etc. all seemed to develop quite rapidly around Kuilayapalayam, and are, even today, functional and active.
Designed by Piero & Gloria
Sri Aurobindo AuditoriumCultural Heart of AurovilleThe Auditorium is an impressive structure with an iconic roof projection and a 650-seat auditorium that probably provides the largest theatre seating capacity in south India. Over the years it has been the scene of creative and innovative programmes plus workshops in music, dance, art and theatre. It has also served as a venue for national and international seminars and a centre for Indian and international films and film festivals. In fact, it has acted as the cultural heart of Auroville, and the main centre of the International Zone since it started functioning.Architect: R. Chakrapani
The Unity PavilionA Versatile Venue For a Variety of EventsThe Unity Pavilion, located on the Crown Road in the International Zone, was started as a seed and catalyst for the overall development of Auroville's International Zone. Today it consists of the Unity Hall, the Hall of Peace, office space, a Geodesic Dome, an outdoor eating space, and hosts a wide variety of events.Architects: Piero & Gloria Cicionesi