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The Permanent Mission of India in New York is housed in a 27-story red granite-clad building, with the main tower in shimmering redwood-colored metal panels and blue windows. It was built in the year 1993.

The building designed by Indian architect Charles Correa is located just off Second Avenue, between 43rd and 44th Street.

The red granite cladding of the building and the huge Rajasthani timber doors that grace the entrance to the Mission distinguishes the building from the surrounding glass and brushed stainless steel.

Late M.F. Husain's paintings add to the charm of the structure.

New York firm of architects, Bond Ryder, and Associates, were engaged and the construction contract awarded to Morse and Diesel, a major New York firm.

About the Architect

Charles Correa was born in Secunderabad on September 1, 1930. An alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, he studied architecture at the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

As an architect, Correa was admired as much for his passion for aesthetic beauty and perfection as for his love for tradition and modernity. He designed cultural and civic monuments, luxury condominiums and modest housing developments keeping in mind the needs of the urban poor. He delighted in using traditional materials and methods; his influence and style spread far beyond South Asia.

Correa's rich oeuvre include the museum and research center at Mohandas K. Gandhi's memorial on the banks of Sabarmati in Ahmedabad and the stunningly beautiful multi-arts centre Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur. Also notable are the British Council headquarters and National Crafts Museum in Delhi, Kala Academy in Goa, Permanent Mission of India at the UN, New York, Ismaili Centre in Toronto, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Boston, and Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon.

The late Charles Correa, the visionary modernist Indian architect who designed many landmark buildings across the world, breathed his last at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on 16 June 2015. He was 84.

"Green Jobs" Mural

The "Green Jobs" mural on the side wall of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations was commissioned in 2019 to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the International Labour Organisation and the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Through the mural, prominent artist Victor Ash has creatively depicted Green Jobs, a unique form of public outreach on a matter of global interest. A gigantic weightless astronaut floats in the space and looks at earth to find that the world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago and India is amongst those countries that have contributed in significant measure to this increase. The same was corroborated by the recent data from the NASA satellites.