Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Complex

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Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Complex

Post  Spirit on Wed May 07, 2008 3:49 pm

German Architects design Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Complex

German architect GMP has won the provincial government of Tamil Naduís international invitation to tender for the design of the new state parliament building in Chennai. The project is due to be completed by 2010.

GMP is a united venture of Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg, who have planned and realized buildings in almost all major cities in Germany. The duo is famous worldwide for their magnificent designs in countries like Russia and China.

The design of the parliament building takes account of the state's cultural traditions as well as the urban context of the city of Chennai. With its highly visible dome, the design echoes the structural features of Dravidian temple complexes in south India.

The geometry of the complexís structure is derived from the traditional, round chakra or mandala motif, consisting of circles of various sizes inscribed in 36 isosceles triangles. These basic shapes make up the geometrical structure of the entire design in both ground plan and elevation.

The internal plan features courtyard architecture with five round interior courts that are functionally differentiated, creating public, semi-public and also secure internal areas.

The spacious Citizens' Forum on the south side of the building is created by the largest circle in the mandala. It is both the opening towards the city and the entrance area, with public functional areas.

The three other round courtyards in the interior of the building house the Assembly Hall, the Legislative Assembly Chamber and the Convention Hall.

The state parliament rests on a battered plinth and is landscaped all round. The glass dome over the Assembly Hall marks the seat of the Tamil parliament.

Competition 2007 - 1st prize
Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Kristian Uthe-Spencker
Partner: Hubert Nienhoff
Project manager: Kristian Uthe-Spencker
Team: Katharina Broese, Kerstin Otte, Helge Lezius, Julian Jain
Client: Public Works Department Buildings (Maintenance) Circle
Gross floor area: ca. 160,000 m≤
Completion: 2010

Looking forard to this Cool

link to the architects website : http://www.gmp-architekten.de/index.php?id=6&L=1


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