Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Palace of Assembly, Chandigarh, India.

Le Corbusier's planned utopia in central India. Here is the first building of a larger set. The Palace of Assembly is the first of these monumental buildings.

'One of the interesting points to call attention to is the adoption of a circular form for the hall which seems contrary to the development of good acoustics. The Assembly Hall is made in a hyperbolic shell with an average thickness of 15 cm, constant throughout its surface, resulting in a very low cost and a minimum of weight (here the principle of industrial cooling towers has been applied to the architectural intentions). This shell does not terminate in a horizontal but in an oblique section which shall receive a metallic framework (aluminum). This framework will become a veritable physical laboratory destined to ensure the interplay of natural lighting, artificial lighting, ventilation and acoustic-electronic mechanisms.'

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Model by team at pivnice


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