BHOPAL WAR MEMORIAL

Government of Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

2008

653,400 sqft

Cultural, Public Infrastructure

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The design for the war memorial was a departure from the triumph monumentalism associated with such structures. By weaving layered narratives of war and peace that invited reflection,we sought to crystallize the memorialization process in a spatial and emotional experience instead of a representative object backed by a formal standing. The design sought to create a juxtaposition between the diametrically different geographies and landscapes to invite the visitor to actively engage and discover rather than just passively observe. It creates a sequence of evocative but poignant moments, laden with metaphors to communicate personal and national grief to commemorate sacrifice and celebrate valour culminating at a two dimensional edifice of stone, water and fire.

The architectural design creates a sequence of evocative but poignant moments, laden with metaphors to communicate the grief, both personal and national, to commemorate sacrifice and celebrate valour, to culminate at a two-dimensional edifice of stone, water and fire. 

 

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We see the process of expanding urban boundaries and encroachment on agricultural land as a continuing loss of cultural identity and the erosion of our spiritual connection to our land. Keeping this in mind, we proposed farmlands instead of manicured gardens

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The gradient of the site allows for a memorial wall which measures about 21ft at the highest point and merges into the land and into a contemplation pool.

The sloping wall dramatically accentuates the otherwise gradual slope of the site, playing with the visitors sense of perception. 

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The landscape that stretches on the east of the guide wall, beyond the ramp is intended as active farmland whose produce will become a souvenir for the visitor to take back home. The landscape on the west of the wall by contrast is manicured and orderly echoing the discipline of the armed forces.

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