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a trip into Le Corbusier's and the Indian Modernist architecture

Chandigarh

Chandigarh is not only the site of Le Corbusier’s largest assembly of work in one place, the theatre of Pierre Jeanneret’s flourishing as an architect, and an important venue of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew’s ‘tropical architecture’, it is also the place where the first generation of Indian modernists architects cut their teeth and produced a superb body of work that is dispersed throughout the city. What enabled such a historic assemblage of work to be produced in one place?

(Vikramaditya Prakash, CHD-Chandigarh Architectural Travel Guide, Altrim Publishers 2013)

Chandigarh is a unique city, besides being one of the newest city of the twentieth century that is characterized by the seal of Le Corbusier, who planned the city and was also the architect of its most emblematic buildings. In Chandigarh, you will also find the work of a large team of architects led by the partner of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret who along with the British Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew conducted the master plan and built public housing and facilities much needed in the city. As a result, Chandigarh is one of the reference cities of the Modern Movement. Also worthy of noting are Indian architects (such as MN Sharma, A. Prakash, BP Mathur and JK Choudhury) who collaborated with Le Corbusier and Jeanneret to turn Chandigarh into a reality. Although unknown to most, they have played an important part of modern and contemporary Indian architecture.

The tours explore the main spots of the city, including all Le Corbusier’s buildings, and the main works of Pierre Jeanneret, M. Fry, J. Drew along with the Capitol Complex team. We’ll also visit the Chandigarh Architecture Museum and Le Corbusier Center to have an overiew of the city planing, and have a more comprehensive learning about this great Indian adventure of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The tours combine walking routes in order to understand the city main planning ideas and glimpse the city atmosphere.

In one simple sentence: a trip to Chandigarh should be almost mandatory for every architect!

Jaipur

Jaipur is a melting pot of Rajput, Mughal and several other cultures and is also the seat of a generous amount of vernacular tradition. Contemporary architecture infuses new forms with the legacy of the past and the spirit of place.

Ahmedabad

The architecture of Ahmedabad ranges from the ancient to the very modern, from the Mughals to the last works of the contemporary Indian architects, including Le Corbusier and L. Kahn buildings.

New Delhi

The architecture of New Delhi ranges from the ancient to the very modern.

a trip into Le Corbusier's and the Indian Modernist architecture

Chandigarh

Chandigarh is not only the site of Le Corbusier’s largest assembly of work in one place, the theatre of Pierre Jeanneret’s flourishing as an architect, and an important venue of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew’s ‘tropical architecture’, it is also the place where the first generation of Indian modernists architects cut their teeth and produced a superb body of work that is dispersed throughout the city. What enabled such a historic assemblage of work to be produced in one place?

(Vikramaditya Prakash, CHD-Chandigarh Architectural Travel Guide, Altrim Publishers 2013)

Chandigarh is a unique city, besides being one of the newest city of the twentieth century that is characterized by the seal of Le Corbusier, who planned the city and was also the architect of its most emblematic buildings. In Chandigarh, you will also find the work of a large team of architects led by the partner of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret who along with the British Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew conducted the master plan and built public housing and facilities much needed in the city. As a result, Chandigarh is one of the reference cities of the Modern Movement. Also worthy of noting are Indian architects (such as MN Sharma, A. Prakash, BP Mathur and JK Choudhury) who collaborated with Le Corbusier and Jeanneret to turn Chandigarh into a reality. Although unknown to most, they have played an important part of modern and contemporary Indian architecture.

The tours explore the main spots of the city, including all Le Corbusier’s buildings, and the main works of Pierre Jeanneret, M. Fry, J. Drew along with the Capitol Complex team. We’ll also visit the Chandigarh Architecture Museum and Le Corbusier Center to have an overiew of the city planing, and have a more comprehensive learning about this great Indian adventure of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The tours combine walking routes in order to understand the city main planning ideas and glimpse the city atmosphere.

In one simple sentence: a trip to Chandigarh should be almost mandatory for every architect!

CHANDIGARH HALF DAY TOURS, MAIN VISITS

The Chandigarh's Monumental Modernism

Tour 1

This is the first part of the ‘must-do’ itinerary of a Chandigarh architectural pilgrimage, and covers basically one of the main Le Corbusier’s designs: the Capitol Complex. The site comprises several buildings (like the Assembly, the Secretariat and the High Court), the main plaza and several monuments like the Open Hand (the city symbol) and the Tower of Shadows (the tour is conducted along with the Chandigarh Tourism Department and has a duration of two hours). Next to the Capitol Complex we’ll find one of the most iconic city parks, the unique and original Rock Garden, you’ll discover why its a unique place. The tour continues with the Sukhna lake, an artificial lake included lately at the Le Corbusier’s master plan and one of the favourite Chandigarh citizens’ spots. To conclude the tour, you’ll visit the Pierre Jeanneret’s House Museum, where the architect lived during almost fifteen years and where Le Corbusier use to settle during the Capitol Complex construction works. The house was designed by Jeanneret and is one of the several typologies of his Chandigarh Housing designs, spread all over the first thirty city sectors.

The city centre and the residential Modernism

Tour 2

This is the second part of the ‘must-do’ itinerary of a Chandigarh architectural pilgrimage. It focuses on the residential and commercial designs located at the central city sectors and covers not only the ‘great works’ by the European architects (Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and Jane Draw), as well as incudes a lot of buildings by many of the Indians first generation architects flourished under the guidance of Pierre Jeanneret, who leadership of the Capitol Complex Team during more than ten years. The itinerary starts at the Museums’ sector where you will visit Government Museum and Art Gallery (designed by Le Corbusier) and the Architecture Museum (designed by local architect S. Sharma) where you’ll got a better understanding about how was the city planned and the historic circumstances around it visiting the museum displayed panels under our guide explanations. The tour continues to the iconic Sector 17 or the heart of the city, that’s a modernist space like none other. On the way you will visit one of the most popular city parks, the Rose Garden. To conclude the architectural promenade, you will have a nice walk visiting the main typologies of Chandigarh Housing, designed by Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew at the Sector 22. It was the very first sector

that was developed by the architects as a model, and also one of the most popular markets besides the Sector 17.

Northern Sectors development

Tour 3

This tour gives you the glimpse of a typical local experience. The tour is located at the northern city sectors and it comprises the University campus and the residential sectors besides it. First introduces you to the Capitol Complex team and the Le Corbusier Indian adventure at Le Corbusier Centre. It follows the Geri Route, a local pilgrimage through the main markets of the northern sectors beginning in the mid 70s by the youth and still popular nowadays, and concludes visiting the Chandigarh College of Architecture and the Punjab University Campus through the northern extension of the educational zone – this one dedicated to the professional schools, a major teaching and research hospital and the Engineering College. Like the University across the street (as also like the other educational institutions across the city), the original buildings of these two campuses are remarkable studies in Indian Modernism. Le Corbusier Centre is the old Architect’s Office from where the Capitol Complex Team -leadership by Pierre Jeanneret- could design the rest of the city, this was the very first building made on the Chandigarh site, houses artifacts from the office and some of Chandigarh’s famous furniture is also staged here

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