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Contest for Indian National War Museum begins

New Delhi
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India’s government has launched an international competition for a new National War Museum in New Delhi

Open to architect-led multidisciplinary teams, the two-stage contest seeks proposals for a landmark complex on a 4.3ha site close to Edwin Lutyens’ India Gate (pictured).

The project within New Delhi’s Princess Park Area will include a tunnel connecting the museum to the National War Memorial nearby.

According to the brief: ‘A National War Museum has been planned in New Delhi as a tribute to Indian soldiers and to showcase the nation’s military culture, customs, traditions and history.

‘The museum is envisaged to be a world-class, state of the art building which will be a “must visit” landmark for those visiting New Delhi.’

The 42.7 km² district of New Delhi was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker as the new capital of the British Raj in 1911, and organised around a dramatic central mall known as the Raj Path. New Delhi remains the centre of India’s government and is home to several national museums, institutes and sporting venues.

Last year the government withdrew an ambitious application for the area to be granted UNESCO world heritage status over fears the status could limit future construction projects.

The National War Museum, which is backed by India’s Ministry of Defence, will explore Indian military history, profile human the experience of war and showcase a range of significant artefacts and documents.

Multisensory auditoriums, galleries, exhibition areas, research rooms, restoration and archive facilities, storage vaults and other central facilities will all be required.

Proposals should preserve established trees on the prominent site and respect the ‘grandeur and style’ of nearby landmark buildings such as Baroda House and Hyderabad House.

Nine shortlisted teams will receive around £2,200 each to participate in the contest’s second stage and draw up detailed designs.

Schemes will be judged on their response to the local microclimate, respect for the surrounding buildings and landscape, user friendliness and flexibility.

The winner, set to be announced on 31 December, will receive approximately £57,000 and the design contract.

There will also be a second place prize of around £38,000 and a third place prize of £19,000.

The competition language is English and the deadline for registration is 12 October.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: ar.psdiia@gmail.com, kalpak.deshmukh@spaceds.com

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