MUMBAI: The face of modern architecture in India, noted architect Charles Correa on Tuesday took his last breath at 11:45 PM following a brief illness. The last rites will be performed here on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences over the sad demise of 84-year-old and remembered his contribution in architecture at global level.  

A supporter of ‘open-to-skies’, Correa largely used local techniques and aesthetics in his buildings and was not too happy with what was happening with the landscape and skyline of Mumbai. He was heading an intense debate over the shape and form the city should have taken. 

He was not only a popular face in India but was recognized at global platforms as well and also received several prestigious national and international awards including Padma Shri in 1972 and Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour, in 2006.

Correa was highly appreciated for his works starting with the Gandhi Memorial at Sabarmati at the age of 28. Other notable structures from his work include Bharat Bhavan and Vidhan Bhavan in Bhopal, the Permanent Mission of India at the UN, New York, Kala Academy in Goa and the Kanchanjunga residential tower in Mumbai.

An expert in urban planning and affordable housing, Charles Correa recently concluded three notable buildings abroad including the Ismaili Centre in Toronto, the Brain Science Center at MIT, Boston and the Champalimaud Centre in Lisbon.

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