India’s Democratic Fabric Seen through Its Architecture
Leading Architects & Designers decode India’s architecture evolved over the years
The roots of the country’s democracy date back to ancient times. However, the six centuries of the Sultanate and the Mughal era were a period of regression. The Parliament House, developed during the colonial era, played a significant role in this venture. With the impending overhaul of the Central Vista in the national capital, let’s trace India’s democratic fabric through its building structures and its architecture.
India’s Parliament is a spectacular instance of the country’s democratic spirit. It houses the representatives of the people, occupies an intermediate position in our autonomous federation and is a temple of faith for the people of India. This building, developed in the heart of the nation’s capital, is all set for a revamp and is hoped to be ready by the winter session of 2022, before India’s 75th Independence Day.
Ar. Khozema Chitalwala, Principal Architect and Founder of Designers Group, feels that the new parliament structure is brilliantly designed to be self-sufficient and meet requirements. He does however feel a stronger integration of an essence of tradition in the overall thought, is one that everyone could benefit from, that which would add value of a different kind to one of the most significant structures of our country.
Within touching distance of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, this four-storey building built over a magnanimous area of 64,500 square meters aims to showcase the evolution of Indian democracy — uniquely shaped by its citizens — and reflect the aspirations of New India. Abhishek Chadha CEO & Founder of The KariGhars, says that the building is a perfect melange of traditional elements with superior technology. Being in tandem with the latest AI advancements of the 21st century, the New Parliament building is designed to be well equipped, environmentally sensitive, and technologically friendly. Furnished with modern AV communication systems, special provisions are made to ensure that both the halls hold smart display systems and biometrics for a safer and easier flow of political voting. High-quality acoustics will aid to set up the right levels of reverberations, limit echo, and sound feedback.
Rohit Suraj, CEO, and Founder of Urban Zen is of the opinion that creating public spaces that are experiential, existential and equitable is the truest way forward for a country as diverse and disparate as India.