28 October, 2020

COVIDED! OMG, Modi Government Wants A Triangular Parliament House And Office Buildings Along Rajpath

Despite the pandemic, the controversial central vista redevelopment project, estimated at a stupendous Rs 20,000 crores, is in full motion

A model shows how a refurbished Central Vista will look like changes
COVIDED! OMG, Modi Government Wants A Triangular Parliament House And Office Buildings Along Rajpath
outlookindia.com
2020-05-10T12:37:13+05:30

Eclecticism was a guiding principle of British architecture in India, and over a century and a half, the Neo-Classical, Gothic, Palladian and Neo-Gothic styles were married, happily and unhappily, with Indian-style cupolas, verandahs, domes and kiosks. ‘Indo-Saracenic’ merely subsumed such sub-types as the ‘Hindu-Gothic’ and the ‘Renaissance-Mughal’. When tasked to lay out a new seat of government that would adequately reflect imperial grandeur, architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker had a certain history to conform to. The new edifices of New Delhi, especially in the Central Vista and around, lacked the brash confidence of buildings built in the high noon of imperialism, but followed them in their blend of East and West: the circular Parliament building was inspired by Roman styles, while the dominating central dome of Rashtrapati Bhavan evolved from a Buddhist stupa; grand Mughal Gardens rested cheek-by-jowl with English rose gardens and Connaught Place was clearly modeled on Bath, with elements of a London high street. No one would...

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