Maharaja Jai Singh, who built the fabled pink city of Jaipur, was moved by two seemingly conflicting sets of mythic ideas and images. On the one hand there was the ancient Navgraha (the mandala of the nine planets) and on the other, the newest myths of Science and Progress. Thus the city of Jaipur, double-coded like Jai Singh himself, is truly astonishing for its synthesis of past and future, of the material and metaphysical worlds. In this, Jai Singh is indeed analogous of another man, born more than 2 centuries later; India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Thus this Art Centre, dedicated to Nehru, is really a metaphor for both men - and for Jaipur itself. Like them and like the city, it's double-coded: a contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside, to recall the gesture that created the original plan for Jaipur.


CONCEPT: The centre is an analogue of the original city pIan of Jaipur drawn up by the Maharaja, a scholar, mathematician and astronomer, Jai Singh the Second, in the mid-17th century. His city plan, guided by the Shipla Shastras, was based on the ancient Vedic madala of nine squares or houses which represent the nine planets (including two imaginary ones Ketu and Rahu). Due to the presence of a hill one of the squares was transposed to the east and two of the squares were amalgamated to house the palace. Correa's plan for the Kendra invokes directly the original navagraha or nine house rnandala. One of the squares is pivoted to recall the original city plan and also to create the entrance. The plan of Jaipur city based on the nine square Yantra in which one square is displaced and two central squares combined. the squares is defined by 8m high wall, symbolic of the fortification wall along the Jaipur old city.


as specified in the Vedic Shastras. is avoid: representing the Nothing which is Everything. Jaipur. City Palace. The theatres are in the house of Venus. The flooring pattern in this square is a diagram of the lotus representing the sun. The central square. the library is located ill the square of the planet Mercury which traditionally represents knowledge. . representing the arts.JAWAHAR KALA KENDRA – PLAN LAYOUT ACCORDING TO THE MANDALA The building program has been "disaggregated" into eight separate groupings corresponding to the myths represented by that particular planet: For instance.

shadow and colours. has tried to get the essence of the existing form but superficially . INFERENCES: The buildings in a contemporary metaphorical replication of the basic plan of the city of Jaipur. The critical sustainable aspect of the traditional architecture of Jaipur has not been tackled well. The place has an amazing interplay of light . . evoking emotions in the user and invite him to move further. The architect in his attempt to create a brand image for the historical city. based on the vastu pursh mandala.The astrological symbol of each planet is directly expressed in a cut-out opening along its external wall.

The spaces flow as an narrative and changes the moods of the user.charlescorrea. however within the building the activities are disintegrated but combine to a heterogeneous mixture of various cultural activities happening individually. The open air theatre is only good to look at. but the over all circulation lacks of continued covered corridor. REFERENCES: http://www.rajasthan. The high walls with no fenestration in the façade makes the building enclosed and ir does not open up to the city.archinomy.net/ http://www.in .com http://www. which makes the place unusable during summers and rains. it is enclosed by the high walls which create acoustic and ventilation problems at the time of crowd.scribd.gov.com http://jawaharkalakendra.