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INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION

NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL


New Delhi: India

DESIGN CONCEPT
Key Features:
The Basic idea of the design is to
create a war memorial in the existing
lawns surrounding the India Gate,
Keeping in the mind the existing site
features, design process, aesthetic and
cultural value of the region.
The sites taken for the design are
LAWN-II and LAWN-I, Thus
maintaining the symmetry as the main
feature of the design.

The site also facilitates use of existing


vegetation, thus maintaining
environmental features having
minimal carbon footprints.

SITE-LAWN II

LAWN-II

THE SITE DESIGN LAWN II


Key Features:
The divisions of the site are made
in a way that, the basic concept of
SIr Edwig Lutyens is followed.
Therefore, the divisions are made
in radial format, at angles of 60
degrees and 30 degrees,
maintaining Sir Lutyens style of
planning.
The Site is divided into 8 parts,
out of which two smaller regions
are dedicated to parking space, for
the visitors coming to the
memorial service performed in
the area.

THE GARDENS(LAWN II)


Key Features:
The further parts divided in the gardens are transformed into French Garden style of
planning.
The French garden style of planning not only enhances the beauty of the whole space,
but also helps in maintaining international standards of the space, as the area is
frequently visited by foreign tourists and delegates.
As the area surrounding the India Gate is very often aerially photographed, this garden
style enhances the view and gives the area an entirely different and unique definition.
The gardens can further be enhanced by the use of different kinds of Aromatic
vegetation, thus satisfying the space with different kinds of soothing aromas, thereby
creating a calm, enigmatic and peaceful surrounding.

The garden, after being converted into a French garden style, somewhat has a shape
and outline similar to that of an engraved Shield, thus metaphorically depicting the fact
that the War Martyrs protect our country like a shield.

THE GARDENS(LAWN II)


CONCEPT PLAN

GARDEN PLANNING
IN THE SHAPE OF AN ENGRAVED
SHIELD METAPHORICALLY
DEPICTING THE PROTECTION BY THE
SOILDERS.

THE GARDENS(LAWN II)


GARDEN DETAIL

French garden
style of planning,
Enhancing the
beauty of the
landmark, in the
Ariel photographs
taken from time to
time.
This style also
helps in
maintaining the
international
standards of the
site.

THE MEMORIAL (LAWN II)


Key Features:
The main memorial is taken in the form of an amphitheatre, taking the site level down in order
to create the steps for public seating.
The platform consisting of the memorial is circular in plan, having 8 pillars depicting 8 different
world wars, thus paying homage to the martyrs from various eras and countries.
The platform also consists of a wreath with an inspiration quote, NEVER FORGET , which will
help in revival and enlightenment of Patriotism in fellow Indians.
The pillars also have engraved names of the martyrs on a brass plaque, dedicated to the brave
heats who gave up their lives for the sake of their country.
The chattris on the top of the 8 pillars , keeps the heritage and cultural value of the building
intact.

The central pillar consists of the sculpture , originally of a Soviet officer Alexei Yeremenko
leading his troops in the Battle of Berlin, WWII, but the uniform will be converted to that of
Indian Military attire. The sculpture depicts the martyrs passion and enthusiasm , for the love of
their nation.

THE MEMORIAL (LAWN II)


Amphitheater plan

The main memorial


formed into an
amphitheatre, in
order to provide
adequate seating
space for the people
visiting the place,
paying homage to
the matyrs. The
central part of the
aphitheatre
comprises of the
pillars depicting the
bravery of the
martyrs.

THE MEMORIAL (LAWN II)


Option-01 -Memorial wall without chattri
The central pillar has a sculpture
of a solider pose, originally from
WWII, in an Indian uniform.

Note: The sculpture will be


featuring a full body pose. The
other half of the body still have to
be added and modified to an
Indian soilders body.

THE MEMORIAL (LAWN II)


Option-02 -Memorial wall with chattri

Note: the type of chatris used


here is the same as that of Chatri
structure present in the India Gate
premises.

COLUMN DESIGN
The columns are
designed in two
options- With Chattris
and without Chattris.
The front side of the
pillar comprises of a
frame engraved with
names of the martyrs.
The other three sides
are engraved with
beautiful motifs.
The material to be
used for the pillars is
Karoli Stone or
Dholpur stone.
Column design with
Renaissance plaque

Column design with Stone


engraved ornamentation

Central column design

PLATFORM-NEVER FORGET
The central platform
comprises of a stone
wreath with a
sculpture of An Indian
soldier standing in the
Shok Shastra position.
The bottom part of
the wreath consists of
inscriptions with
various beautiful
quotes for patriotism,
bravery and warships,
thus igniting the spirit
of love for the
country, in the fellow
visitors.

DESIGN-GRID PLAN