Palace of Assembly, Chandigarh, India


Date
00/00/00 (creation)
Related people
Abul Quasem Abdullah (was created by)
Le Corbusier (architect)
Date
1951-1962
Description
Soon after winning its independence in 1947, India set about to build a new capital for the state of Punjab. An open site to the north of Chandigarh was chosen, and a number of western architects were brought in to create a fitting monument to the new India. Chief among them was Le Corbusier, who over the course of more than a decade would construct three of the four planned programmatic complexes (Secretariat, Palace of Assembly, and High Court), as well as a number of smaller, supplementary projects (school, art museum, and yachting club). "Although the layout of Chandigarh was cosigned by [American architect Albert] Mayer, for the first time after numerous set-backs - Rio (1938), Algiers (1942), Saint-Die (1945), La Rochelle (1946), Bogota (1950) - Le Corbusier finally saw his principles for the 'organization' of the city materialize, drawing on the lines of his Ville radieuse, minus the skyscrapers." (p. 112) Above selection from: Lyon, D. (2000). Le Corbusier alive. Paris: Vilo International.
Style/Period
1950s (1950 - 1959)
1960s (1960 - 1969)
India
Modern
Material
concrete