26 February 2011

Our design @ NGMA, Delhi

Ekta, Shivani, Shreshth and I had sent a entry to an open architectural design competition to design a new headquarters for the National Tax Department of India on a plot in the centre of our capital - New Delhi. The project was called the Rajswa Bhavan competition.




  Sadly we didn't win anything (..damn!!..) but that didnt stop us from making a quick trip to Delhi last weekend to see our entry displayed along with the other 50 odd entries from across the country at the temporary gallery in the National Gallery of Modern Art (close to India Gate).




Here's a few photos of the exhibition









 The above photo is of the winning entry.. It's very much like Delhi's most spectacular contemporary public building - the India Habitat Centre - but a bit too much of high-tech aesthetic for Lutyens Delhi!




 This entry by Inform (an architecture practice from Bangalore) was my favourite entry, but sadly the jury wasn't brave enough to acknowledge the merits of this extremely interesting project.




Here's another interesting entry from Bangalore by Mathew & Ghosh architects.


 Here's our entry.. 




 I guess we got too carried away with trying to achieve clarity in its plan and missed the train on breaking this institutions monstrous scale given its low scaled historic context.




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