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Inspired By Farmers, Odisha Krushi Bhavan Wins Global Architecture Award

Inspired By Farmers, Odisha Krushi Bhavan Wins Global Architecture Award

The Krushi Bhawan was the only project from India at the globally recognised prestigious award.

Bhubaneswar:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has dedicated the prestigious AZ Awards-2020 for Odisha's architectural marvel Krushi Bhavan, to farmers and artisans of the state.

Mr Patnaik made the announcement after Bhubaneswar-based Krushi Bhawan building was selected as the "People's Choice Winner" at the AZ Awards 2020 in Social Good Category.

He said this award is possible for farmers and artisans of Odisha, the inspiration behind the design of this building.

The Krushi Bhawan was the only project from India at the globally recognised prestigious award.

"Odisha's architectural marvel Krushi Bhavan has added another feather to its hat, emerging as Peoples Choice Winner in SocialGood category at the prestigious AZAward20. This award is dedicated to farmers and artisans of Odisha, the inspiration behind design of this building," the Chief Minister's Office said in a tweet.

Krushi Bhawan had also become India's first government building and Odisha's first-ever building to feature in Dezeen, a prestigious international journal on architecture.

Sources in the Agriculture department said that the building was built of the prize money received by the state government from the consecutive Krishi Karman Awards over the years. The building features the glorious Sambalpuri saree and its designs.

The building was designed by Studio Lotus through an intricate brickwork facade. It houses administrative offices for the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment around courtyards filled with ponds and trees. The brickwork elements that wrap the upper floor create a pattern designed to emulate Odisha Ikat, a traditional dyeing technique from Odisha.