Thanks to a generous donation of land by the Indian Government, which was ratified in 1998 by K. R. Narayanan, President of the Republic of India, Alliance française de Delhi moved to the prestigious Lodi Estate institutional area in 2004. It is now surrounded by the Indian Headquarters of UNICEF, UNDP, WWF as well as the Chinmaya Mission, the India Islamic Cultural Centre, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), and the renowned India International Centre The audacious architecture of its building, all made of glass, concrete and aluminium, is due to a duo of young architects, Stéphane Paumier and Anupam Bansal.
The building was awarded the silver medal of the French Academy of Architecture in 2005 and had the distinctive feature of integrating two immense trees and therefore harmoniously fitting into its immediate environment, few dozen meters away from the famous botanical Lodi Gardens.
The building roof is equipped with solar panels ensuring continuous power supply to the computer equipment in a power cut. With 2,850 sqm, AFD has its own auditorium named after its patron M.L. Bhartia with a 112 seat capacity, its Art Gallery, Galerie Romain Rolland, its media library, and its cafeteria.