Jul 18, 2012

Express Estate Sketches...

the Octagonal smoking room

The rear side...

Parapet detail
These are few surviving pencil sketches that I had made for our Building Conservation project during my Masters program in the year 1998....This heritage structure was once the Madras Club inside the property famously known as the Express Estate in Chennai. A shopping Mall (Express Avenue) has now replaced this heritage structure ..

59 comments:

  1. neat! the first reminds me of my house (it is a nonagon). :)

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  2. Wow! Those are beautifully done!

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  3. My dad remembers this place as I showed him now. Your sketches are just like photocopy… Excellent Ashok!

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  4. Hello Ashok!So beautiful drawings!Maybe with little painting work
    ... more 3 paintings you've done well!Ciao,Rita.

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  5. Hey Ashok:) Give these sketches a little bit of color. I think that would be stunning. Just an idea:) Very nice!

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  6. Don't change a thing! There is room in this world for pencil work and it is fabulous.

    I though I had added you to my sidebar and I almost missed this. I have added you now.

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  7. The pencil-work is fabulous...
    It is a pity how malls are eating up heritage sites - I think people need to realize we don't need so many malls....It is our cultural and architectural heritage that we should endeavour to preserve

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  8. Too bad it was replaced by a mall, but you've got lovely sketches of how it was!

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  9. Wonderful sketches Ashock! I rarely ever sketch buildings - I'm not sure why, because I do enjoy looking at them :0)

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  10. Beautiful sketches. What a shame it's now a mall.

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  11. Very interesting and neat sketches Ashok! You have excelled in your art!

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  12. These are wonderful! You are exceptionally talented.

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  13. My brother Ashok,
    You are the man!!! Your work always leaves me smiling. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Beautiful places and drawings!

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  15. Ashok..Beautiful sketches..Love this.

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  16. These are beautiful!

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  17. Lovely sketches...!!! Were you able to execute the work?

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  18. Wonderful job on these sketches, Ashok!! I love the details on the rear side!!

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  19. Charming and wonderful sketches Ashok.It is a pity that this building exists no more.

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  20. Obviously talented even then, these are tremendous sketches.

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  21. Ashok, these are beautiful pieces, in times there are less color and a greater sense of reality.

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  22. Those are beautifully done

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  23. lovely work! i find buildings difficult to sketch, but it seems there are no problems for you. :)

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  24. These are wonderful Ashok!
    I especially love the last one.
    Wishing you a fantastic day!

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  25. Wonderful drawings. I would love to be able to use graphite in this fashion - I usually end up with a messy drawing and dirty hands!

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  26. What lovely sketches.

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  27. Nice sketches...I find it sad when old buildings (specially historical ones) are not preserved anymore ~

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  28. Thankfully you have preserved this complex of buildings forever in your beautiful and precise drawings.

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  29. I wish the tourism industry got serious about our heritage.
    Excellent sketches. You must have passed out with flying colors. :)

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    1. yes, Our proposal was to turn it into a heritage hotel...

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  30. Interesting! Reminded me of Shilpi who was famous for doing pen/pencil sketches of temples...had seen in Ananda vikatan.

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    1. Thats a huge compliment! Thanks...

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  31. Wow... Wonderful sketches...

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  32. Lovely sketches! You draw very well ashok.

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  33. ✿彡✿⊱╮¸.•°
    Bonito!
    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil
    ✿彡

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  34. just superb.....

    regards
    anu

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  35. Lovely sketches !!

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  36. You are very talented. Very beautiful sketches!

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  37. Beautiful sketches. The building is no more then!

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  38. Very beautiful Ashok!!

    Parabens pela sua arte!!

    kiss..

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  39. You want to say this structure does not exist anymore? That's a pity!

    I was wondering "Why has he made such student like sketches", when I read the closing lines. All architecture students have attempted such renditions... only mine are not half as good as yours.

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    1. I know these kinda sketches will be all too familiar for you :)

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  40. It really looks cozy and cool...an architect it is!

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  41. Love these sketches.

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  42. Excellently done sketches!!

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  43. very beautiful Work...

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  44. An amazing treatment. Beautiful photos.

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  45. Beautiful!!!!
    That's a structure that should have been preserved.

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  46. Lovely sketches! Beautiful!!

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  47. I grew up there, thanks for the wonderful rendition of the hallowed buildings.

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  48. We grew up there, at Express Estate Staff Quarters...thanks for the lovely and detailed rendition of the hallowed buildings!

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    1. Interesting to know that you grew up around here. Iam sure you have fond memories of this place...

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    2. My grandpa worked as the works manager at the press and hence had staff quarters inside the estate...my mom was married in the shuttle court which used be a dancing hall!!! Loads of memories indeed!

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