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New twist for Le Corbusier's Chandigarh masterwork

Le Corbusier's unrealised Governor's Palace, the missing link in his masterplan for Chandigarh, India, finally looks set to be built - but not as originally intended.

According to Union Territory officials, the palace will become the new home to another of Corb's Chandigarh schemes which never materialised, the Museum of Knowledge (MoK).

The original plans for a governor's residence (see sketch)were dropped from Corb's masterpiece in the 1960s after the proposals were branded 'too undemocratic' - a move which left a gaping hole in the world-famous site between the assembly building and the law courts.

However, it now looks as if the proposals have been resurrected as a part of larger plans to complete the complex, which were unveiled last year ( Le Corbusier's Chandigarh masterwork finally set to be finished ).

The AJ has learned that the decision to build the palace structure but use it to house the MoK (also shelved in the 60s) has already been approved by architects 'from around the world', who have agreed that Corb's proposals for the governor's home are 'much better' than those for the museum.

It is understood the MoK was originally conceived along the lines of the Museum of Unlimited Growth - a prototype of which was first designed by Corb back in 1930.

A timescale for the works is not yet known.

by Richard Waite

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