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Le Corbusier's Chandigarh masterwork finally set to be finished

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Le Corbusier's masterpiece at Chandigarh in India is set to be finally finished almost 40 years after the last major building work on the world-famous Capitol site.

According to reports, the Union Territory Tourism Department has drawn up plans to complete the complex, which was left only part built in the 1960s.

Five structures are to be resurrected, including the Museum of Knowledge - a replacement for a proposed Governor's Palace which was dropped because it was seen to be too undemocratic.

Sitting on a pivotal site between the Assembly building and the law courts, the museum is a key 'missing link' in the Chandigarh masterplan and is the largest of the unrealised buildings.

The others are the Solar Hours monument, which will top an already built 'geometric hill'; the Modular monument; the sun course monument; and a memorial to the Punjabi martyrs - a square enclosure with a ramp up to 'symbolic' sculptural pieces.

A timescale for the works is not yet known.

by Richard Waite

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