The below images are from a recent visit to the Mitraniketan Social Service Society and Clinic in Vagamon in the Western Ghats mountains of central Kerala. The Clinic was established in 1963 by Architect Laurie Baker, his wife Dr. Elizabeth Baker, Alina Cattani, and Dr. Hildagard Sina to address the needs of the local population who had little access to modern medical facilities. The Bakers moved here after 15 years of building and running leprosy centers in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand in the Himalayan mountain ranges of northern India. This was the first place in Kerala where Baker laid the foundations for his unique low-cost and low-energy sub-tropical architectural style which he would later go onto fully explore and perfect during more than four decades of architectural practice in/around Trivandrum in southern Kerala. To organize a visit, please contact Mr. Biju Thomas (+91 92077 77551). Many thanks to Kunal Ray for the reference.

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