CHANDIGARH UNBUILT

MUSEUM OF KNOWLEDGE

THE MISSING SILHOUETTE

“ Le Corbusier initial design of Governor’s Palace was shelved on the plea that the Circuit House was good enough for the Head of State in the democratic set-up. Le Corbusier thought that the absence of such a building at the apex of the capital would ruin the whole composition.” (from Le Corbusier: Last work, p.49 by M.N. Sharma)

There were many studies on the composition of the silhouette of the capital complex by Le Corbusier. We bring back the “missing silhouette” of the Governor’s Palace and reinterpret it as the Museum of Knowledge- The place of knowledge.

Dedicate to the memory of Le Corbusier.

 

MUSEUM of KNOWLEDGE – THE PLACE for KNOWLEDGE

From past to present, there have been many paths to knowledge; by using digital media, reading a book, having  a dialogue and observing the nature. For the unpredictable future, it could be the extreme digital way or maybe more analogue. The Museum of Knowledge provides the various possibilities of all paths by the flexible space.

 

PLACE of FREEDOM - PLACE of PARTICIPATION

PLACE for EVERYONE - OPENNESS

We integrate the Museum of Knowledge with the Martyr’s Memorial.

For the Martyr’s Memorial, we keep the design of Le Corbusier and use the space under the platform for some functions of the Museum  of Knowledge.

The interior of the Museum of Knowledge is conceived as the step-terrain which is inspired by the Indian step-well and the natural terrain. This kind of step-terrain performs as the circulation and the function.

The bookshelves and the laptops are in the room under the platform of the Martyr’s Memorial which the users can borrow from the staffs. Other functions such as research, Laboratories, Admin offices, Children’s room, Café & Restaurant, public toilets are also located under the platform of the Martyr’s Memorial and take advantage from the courtyards.

The skin of the building is the horizontal Brise-Soleils which are continue from the step-terrains . For the sense of openness there are the openings which connect the space inside to the platform outside, with no door.

The  Museum of Knowledge will contain the paths to knowledge. The space is flexible, the users can read a book, use a laptop with WIFI for digital media, have a dialogue or observe the nature in anywhere.

Year

Design:           2015

Location

Chandigarh, India

Type

Competition

Organizer

Archasm

Team

Sook Architects collaborated with

Direk Wongpanitkrit​

Award

1 of 50 shortlisted entries

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