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The Lotus Temple in Delhi

The lotus temple is one that caught my attention from the very first year I started studying architecture. We were in the Basic Design class and were asked to create an abstract model based on architectural principles (symmetry, axis, focal points … etc). I did a model that was similar to the lotus temple, and it was stuck with me ever since.

There are many features that make the lotus temple a special monumental form. Some of the architectural features are:

Petals:

It certainly is the first thing that catches your attention, a question that always popped in my mind is “How does it stand like that?”.
To begin with there are a total of 27 free standing marble clad petals. These are arranged in clusters of three to form nine entrances towards the temple. The bends and structural form of the petals gives it its stability.

 

 

 

The Central Hall

The petals open up to a circular space which is the temple. This is the central hall and is where religious ceremonious are conducted. It is 40 meters high and has a holding capacity of 2500 people.

That White Finishing

The surface of the temple certainly is unique; white marble from penteli mold which has been used in many Greek architectural monuments.

Lotus Temple, Delhi, India. So, I am 23 yrs old & living in Delhi, but I haven't visited any of its tourist destinations yet. So, I decided to visit a touri

Ponds

The temple is surrounded by 9 ponds and is placed among acres and acres (26 to be exact) of stunning landscapes.

Presenting at the AIA (Middle East Chapter)

Around a year ago, I was invited to present at the AIA (Middle East Chapter). I was going to talk about Refugee Camps from a designers perspective. I’ve had previous experience studying about this topic and so I had no problem sifting through all that information again.

But the audience was not the typical audience I was expecting. Many of the attendees were architects and urban planners. I wasn’t prepared for that. I thought I was going to see a lot of students, perhaps enthusiasts … But not architects.

At first I was nervous, but I had prepared well and I was (still am) enthusiastic about the topic, so I would say that it went quite well.

My topic was “Refugee Camps, cities of tomorrow”. The reason why I chose this topic is because I stumbled upon an article that was encouraging architects to reconsider the temporariness of these shelters. To consider these settlements as units with infrastructure and all the services you would find in a typical city. The reason for that is the “temporariness” of these settlements is creating problems, not being able to develop these into even “semi-permanent” units, designers are forced to provide structures that are temporary and need replacement over time. Costly.

I talked briefly on the history of refugee camps then I moved towards the similarities and differences between cities and refugee camps (there are many). I also briefly touched upon my graduation project which involved designing units and other central services. I talked about the importance of providing infrastructure for such settlements and the role of architects in all of this.

I believe that this problem is bigger than what agencies can handle. It is time we consider more concrete solutions and regard this as a global issue that requires careful study.