Status: Competition (2015)
Location: Chandigarh, India
Coordinates: 30.760208, 76.803681
Climate: Mediterranean, Temperate
Types: Masterplan, Public space, Refurbishment
“As one enters the temple, it is as though a hand caused it to be. The details, with all this effort, recede in the light of the glorious over all conception. It is only after the wonder of the spaces in their music of light becomes real and settled that the marvelous carving of the details takes over. It is all truly a marvel of architecture and spiritual expression.” Louis I. Kahn [5th of January, 1964 – From the Visitors book of Ranakpur Temple, India]
I’ll reach the top. I’ll progressively conquer the view above the city of Chandigarh. I’ll be a step towards the infinite cosmos and nature but still related to what is human. ‘What a museum is supposed to be?’ I asked myself. It’s a sacred place that inspires us because of its contents. So what could be better than an entire city planned to human scale putting that small size in touch with the greatness of nature – earth and cosmos? In the exact place where something is missing from the original Le Corbusier’s masterplan, a new volume stands as a blade.
High and thin but still massive, it connects us with what is there below us, as a memory of what has been done in the past, as a reference of what can be done in the future. Everything becomes part of the new Museum of Knowledge: what is conceived nowadays necessarily comes out from what is already there, and from what was supposed to be there.
Coming down I’ll left my memories behind me, looking for new inspirations. I’ll reach a secret garden. Everything is so regular. But, because of that uniformity, walking through it could be so surprising. A porch surrounds and closes the garden, hosting what is necessary for all human activities. Everything is free there: human beings, in the same way as the wind, can freely experience the space. Again, the artificial shape is related to the human size but looking up you can feel the opening to the immeasurable.