The exercise explores one of the finest architecture marvels built in India by the British. The aim of the study is to analyze the different aspects of architecture that contribute towards the built form of the structure. The Raisana hill, comprising of structures of national importance namely, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the- north and south blocks (PMO, secretariat and defense offices) and The India gate is a great example of a seamless merger between the imperial style and Indian architecture. The planning and order of spaces reflects the imperial impression of Greek order, while certain structural elements like domes and cupola and decorative detailing celebrate Indian architecture. Designed and conceptualized by colonial architects, Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and constructed in a period of 17 years (1912-1929), the hill is also symbolic to the times it was set in.
Ar. Shilpa Sharma