Client: Government of India
Location: New Delhi
Scale: 25,000 Sq.Ft.
In searching for the inherent dynamism and its control, the design begins by identifying the police structure. 35 state and UT forces + 13 CPF 1 provide the linework to animate the site. The 48 lines which originate from East and West site profiles, often suggesting multiple percolation [entries], succumb to the overpowering planning of the Chanakyapuri vista.
The sources of circulation and of rest were carefully withdrawn from the established 48 site lines. The arteries of the proposal’s circulation are the twin walkways that wind from a width of 10.5 Mts to 2 Mts and elevate from 0.0 Mt to 6.5 Mts. With every turn and height alteration of the walkway, the eye traverses between views of the Memorial Plaza and that of the Commemoration Pool.
The Memorial plaza is characterized by a system of four planes. The bottom ground plane that gently slopes towards the center of the site, the top plane which is defined by the slab heights, and the two side planes that undulate with seeming inconsistency. The spaces reveal, condense, narrow and deepen to provide a multilayered experience from any point. The disruption in the field destroys any notion of complete axiality and in turn proposes omni directionality.
The museum is an extension of personal space. The dark room with light streaks defines the 12,500 CuM volume. The series of exhibits use state of the art technology to create an environment appropriate for self reflection. At the heart of the museum, the glow of the illuminated text of the pledge tends to de-materialize the walls of the Commemoration Chamber.
Markers that were symbols of an individual’s life and death must be changed, and this has a profound effect on the idea of both memory and the monument.