Permanent Mission of India
to the United Nations
235 East 43rd Street
New York NY
'Charles Correa, a leading
architect in India, has long been preoccupied with cultural
iconography.. the red granite base topped by a canyon red aluminum
curtain wall is suggestive of the red sandstone architecture of northern
The site is a narrow through
block, 42 feet wide on the East 43rd Street side [pictured] and 24 feet
wide on the East 44th Street side. Twenty-eight stories high, the lower
four floors are administrative offices for the Chancery of the Indian Government.
Above this sit residential quarters for mission employees.
[At] the top of this
building... Correa has designed a double-height penthouse porch that
echoes the Indian barsati, used for open-air sleeping... sadly it
is not very noticeable from ground level. What is readily apparent is
the grand, monolithic bronze entryway, reinforcing Correa's reputation
as an architect interested not only in the significance of the ancient,
but also in the power of authority.'
Susanna Sirefman in New
York - A guide to recent architecture, 1997
Photographs Simon Glynn 2001
How to visit
The building can be seen from the
outside in East 43rd Street in Manhattan, but is not open to the public.