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CHANDIGARH UNBUILT: Completing the Capitol - Winners AnnouncedBy ZingyHomes Editorial Team
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Archasm is extremely proud to present the winners for our competiton 'CHANDIGARH UNBUILT: Completing the Capitol.' The competition received an overwhelming 308 registrations from all around the world, where all the participants' showed a breathtaking level of creativity and ingenuity in churning out their proposals. The competition asked the participants' to conceive an idea for the Corbusian dream of the unbuilt 'MUSEUM OF KNOWLEDGE' in the Capitol complex, that had existed only in the form of archives and government documents. The competition demanded a rational and responsible yet fresh approach towards the design of the museum considering its importance to the Corbusian heritage and legacy. The proposals were a beaming example of innovation and fulfilled our expectations from an ideas' competition.
Our initial apprehension surrounding a competition based on a building of such great importance was put to rest with the variety and creativity seen in defining a new purpose and program for MoK. The jury were particularly elated with the entries and had a difficult time to select the winners' from among the TOP50 shortlisted proposals. All the TOP50 proposals, including the winners and honorable mentions are up for viewing at: www.archasm.in
He Dongming, Tong Hubo, Li Dean (China)
The design responds with life and maturity to the celebrated Corbusian masterpieces. The introversion of people-collecting spaces counter argues the value of the plaza in the Indian context. The articulation of the horizontal on the outside and the vertical on the inside is well resolved. It is a genuine and honest engagement with Le Corbusier.
The projects displays a certain minimalism from the outside that fits into the masterplan of the Capitol complex for its simplicity, as well as with the buildings of Le Corbusier. From the inside, it creates a world in itself that brings natural light into the plaza. The program is resolved into a free plan arranged around a courtyard. The boldness of the project has been appreciated by the jury.
Huzefa Rangwala, Jasem Pirani, Namrata Tidke (India)
A completely subterranean intervention was a great idea to bring in public interaction and still not disturb the strong architectural and urban character of the capitol.
This project was chosen for its landscape approach and the decision to take the project to a purely subterranean level. The notion of a void and hidden space at the centre of the powerful monuments around it serves the context well. Though the diagram was strong, the project particularly the low-level plan, could have been better resolved.
Marcello Galiotto, Alessandra Rampazzo (Italy)
This entry controversially speaks of the fallibility of Le Corbusier; a difficult proposition in context of his greatest creation. It is vested in the spirit of iconoclasm that birthed modernism in the first place.
This project was chosen for its conceptual clarity and the intelligent tone in which it critiqued Le Corbusier as it created a foil for the extreme of his thinking. The tone of the project was particularly appreciated and the reclamatory measures that were taken to un-sever the city from its head, at least visually. The design could have benefitted from a more detailed approach to the design of the garden which as an original Chandigarh element would have provided opportunities for nuanced critique. This project generated the highest level of debate in the discussion.
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