The new 630m Auroville Library building located on the Crown Road near the Solar Kitchen, designed by long-time Aurovilian architect Suhasini Ayer, was completed in 2010 and has been operational since late 2011.
Architect: Suhasini Ayer-Guigan
Construction and Design
Essentially the building, which was constructed through a grant from the Central Government, is a framed structure (as per Tamil Nadu PWD regulations) and the campus will accommodate further buildings of ground + 2 to meet the needs of the city as it grows. It has been designed for an initial Auroville population of 5,000, in such a way as to provide ample book shelving space, office space for cataloguing books and book maintenance, a reference section with computerized browsing facility, tables for reading and laptop usage, and a small children's library, all in such a way as to provide climatic comfort without the need for modulation using electrical/mechanical means. All infill walls are of rammed earth, and finishing materials used have as much as possible been taken from natural/local sources to minimise the inclusion of industrial products with high embodied energy. Courtyards, transitional spaces and semi-covered spaces are shaded to allow for multiple usages; all trees with ecological/ aesthetic value on site have been retained without damage during construction, and a few additional trees have been planted for further shading and aesthetic reasons.
The new building allows the Library to be more easily accessible to users thanks to its central location. It also provides more space for books and easier access to the collections, so represents a major improvement over the previous Library circumstances. The interior design and the equipment of the new building have been also completed thanks to a grant from the Central Government.
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