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|Location||Chandigarh, India map|
|Date||1953 to 1963 timeline|
|Building Type||parliament house|
|Construction System||cast-in-place concrete|
|Context||urban, planned city|
|Notes||Curved concrete roof form accents block massing.|
|Discussion||Palace of Assembly Commentary
"One of the interesting points to call attention to is the adoption of a circular form for the hall which seems contrary to the development of good acoustics. The Assembly Hall is made in a hyperbolic shell with an average thickness of 15 cm, constant throughout its surface, resulting in a very low cost and a minimum of weight (here the principle of industrial cooling towers has been applied to the architectural intentions). This shell does not terminate in a horizontal but in an oblique section which shall receive a metallic framework (aluminum). This framework will become a veritable physical laboratory destined to ensure the interplay of natural lighting, artificial lighting, ventilation and acoustic-electronic mechanisms."
Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. p202.
Sources on Palace of Assembly
Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p62-63. Updated edition available at Amazon.com
Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p202.
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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