Laurie Baker - Women’s Dormitory at the Centre for Development Studies, located in Ulloor, Trivandrum, completed in 1971 This building features some of Baker’s most vitruosic brick work. Two curved jali walls fan outward from a central spine, creating a breezy, shaded shared corridor space. The monolithic walls rise up two and a half stories, and end in a handrail on the third storey balcony. Private rooms are located at the back of the building, shielded from the public walkway.
Centre for Development Studies designed by Laurie Baker. The language is typically that of Baker, his interpretation of a vocabulary unique to Kerala. Exposed brick walls in beautiful patterns and bonds, exposed concrete sloping roofs with filler slabs of Mangalore tiles forming beautiful patterns and jaalis in the brick walls of numerous designs creating amazing patterns of light and shade inside the buildings while at the same time letting in wind and light.