Romi Khosla Design Studios presents award-winning university art gallery
In 2008, the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia proposed a new cultural hub for the university that would have as its core a contemporary students canteen, a unique art gallery and landscaped lawns.
Romi Khosla Design Studios designed a simple white RCC structure with white metal louvers in the art gallery to juxtapose the adjacent student canteen built with recycled white marble to express this contemporary identity. The art gallery has become a community space for gathering alternative expressions of culture and identity.
This role signalled the canteen and the art gallery as iconic models of architectural expression in contemporary Indian academic institutions. The art gallery has three main parts to it. The front gallery that is naturally lit and primarily designed for the display of popular art and student exhibitions.
The second space is the main internal gallery which is lit by controlled light and can be divided into 2 smaller galleries with the help of the central pivoting wall. This gallery is designed for the university art collection, as well as for external artists who want to exhibit their work.
The third exhibition space is the open air sculpture court at the rear of the building. Other than this, the art gallery also has two artist studios adjacent to the sculpture court which are designed for short term stay of visiting artists. The MF Hussain Art Gallery won the World Architecture Award in 2010.