Nehru Centre, 1985

IMK Architects en tant que Architectes.

“The achievements and vision of Pandit Nehru, the Architect of Modern India, captured in spirit, space and stone."

The Nehru Centre in Mumbai, a mixed-use commercial-cum-convention centre, has been designed as a living memorial to India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. One of our most significant early year projects, the centre, completed in 1985, is designed as a cylindrical tower that rises from the apex of a sloping incline, which also serves as the garden and roof of the auditorium. The sloping garden is a reference to the great Mughal tradition of courtyard gardens and agriculture — the backbone of Indian economy. The spiralling tower symbolises the growing modern nation and the aspirations of Nehru for a free India.

The cylindrical memorial tower, noted for its fretwork – latticed or crosshatched cladding, houses an auditorium that seats 1000 people, a library, an art gallery and other exhibition rooms and office spaces. The sheer largeness of spaces, organised with just a few columns and castellated beams, into multiple exhibition sections, renders a stately volumetric quality.

The building symbolises Nehru’s thoughts and ideology. While the tower represents a new nation’s struggle and aspiration, the jaali surfaces that are inspired in their detail from the rose that Nehru always wore, lends form to the Nehru Centre. Today, it is a premier art and cultural centre in the country with one of the city’s most favoured auditorium.


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