Chandigarh

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

During my recent holiday to India I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Chandigarh.  India’s first planned city, built to be the new capital of the Haryana and Punjab regions, although actually being apart of neither, when India gained it’s independence and was separated from Pakistan.

As the city would be planned rather than developed organically over centuries Jawaharlal Nehru India’s first prime minister saw that there was an opportunity to create something special and recruited the Swiss architect Le Corbusier to design a city that would be a symbol of hope and modern India.

The result is a place unlike anywhere else I have visited in India, the streets are wide and tree lined, traffic well organised and obeying the rules of the road, large parks and green spaces flow through the city allowing it to breathe and the grid system layout with numbering of each sector allows for easy navigation.  Key building are designed by Le Corbusier himself and have a wonderful sculptural yet functional form, this style however is not confined to a few key buildings an continues throughout the city.  The strong angular concrete buildings create an interesting contrast to the lush greenery that surrounds them.

For more photos see my flickr set.

1 Comment

  • Kyle

    November 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    No se si por la frase, pero felicito al igneniero por las obras de Chandigarh. Las fotos en tonos de grises con fuertes contrastes ayudan a mejorar todaveda el impacto, o a desnudar su naturaleza. Gracias por el blog, has logrado construir un espacio ce1lido y ameno donde poder aprender arquitectura. Muchas Gracias. Be1rbara

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