The city Le Corbusier built: inside Chandigarh – in pictures
The Palace of Assembly is a legislative assembly building in Chandigarh , India. The construction took eleven years to complete, started from and it was completed in Then, the building was inaugurated in Le Corbusier wanted to include an assembly door.
Chandigarh 1 (of 4): Le Corbusier’s urban design and planning
He consulted with then Prime Minister of India , Jawaharlal Nehru for symbols that could be depicted on the door that could symbolize the new India and its modern vision. Nehru, in turn, entrusted Le Corbusier to invent them himself. The door is adorned with vibrant colors and divided into upper and lower halves.
The upper half depicts the relation of man with the cosmos. It depicts phenomena like solstices , lunar eclipses and the Equinox. The lower half is populated with animals, natural forms and other cryptic elements. The desert is to depict the original order of the Earth, while the greenery induces thoughts about the "Garden Of Eden".
A river sits towards the left while an abstract ecosystem is depicted with trees, bulls, turtles and in the centre the proverbial "Tree of Knowledge" flowers fruits of knowledge. After the partition of Punjab , in following the independence of India , the divided Punjab required a new capital as Lahore was now in Pakistan.
Thus, Le Corbusier was commissioned by prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to build a new city of Chandigarh as the capital of Punjab. A brief for the design was a city "unfettered by the traditions of the past, a symbol of the nation's faith in the future". Subsequently, Corbusier and his team built not just a large assembly and high court building, but all major buildings in the city, down to the door handles in public offices.
Today, many of the buildings are considered modernist masterpieces, though most are in a state of neglect. In , chairs from the assembly building were auctioned in London; a diplomatic attempt to stop the sale failed, as the items were "condemned" and deemed unfit for use.
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