Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex in Chandigarh declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The Capitol Complex designed by Le Corbusier, the celebrated French Architect responsible for India’s first planned city – Chandigarh, has finally been choosen by UNESCO as a world heritage site. This puts the city on the global map for the first time and we couldn’t be happier about it!

Capitol

HISTORY OF THE COMPLEX (Sourced From Wikipedia)

“After the partition of Punjab, in 1947 following the independence of India, the divided Punjab required a new capital as Lahore was now in Pakistan. Thus Le Corbusier was commissioned by first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru to build a new city of Chandigarh. The 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, and 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 2010, 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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