Capitol Complex: Here’s everything you need to know about Chandigarh’s UNESCO Heritage; Saurabh Duggal; Hindustan Times

India – The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

For Le Corbusier, Chandigarh’s Sector 1 is where the master architect unleashed his creativity, setting up the city’s most awe-inspiring landmark – The Capitol Complex

When Punjab was rent asunder by the British, the Radcliffe Line awarded Lahore to western Punjab, leaving the eastern part of the (Indian) state without a capital.

Keen to move on from the bitter memories of colonial rule and the wounds of partition, India’s first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru wanted a city his countrymen could identify as their own.

That was how the idea of Chandigarh was born and it was celebrated Swiss-French architect-designer Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, also known as Le Corbusier, who gave wings to Nehru’s dream.

The site for the new capital was chosen after an aerial survey in 1950 by PL Verma, then chief engineer, Punjab, who liked the plateau, then an agriculture area at the foot of the Himalayas.

Today Chandigarh has global appeal because of its association with Corbusier and is considered a paradise for architects from all over the world.

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