Palace of Assembly
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Chandigarh, India   map
Date 1953 to 1963   timeline
Building Type parliament house
 Construction System cast-in-place concrete
Climate hot
Context urban, planned city
Style Modern
Notes Curved concrete roof form accents block massing.






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Discussion Palace of Assembly Commentary

"One of the interesting points to call attention to is the adoption of a circular form for the hall which seems contrary to the development of good acoustics. The Assembly Hall is made in a hyperbolic shell with an average thickness of 15 cm, constant throughout its surface, resulting in a very low cost and a minimum of weight (here the principle of industrial cooling towers has been applied to the architectural intentions). This shell does not terminate in a horizontal but in an oblique section which shall receive a metallic framework (aluminum). This framework will become a veritable physical laboratory destined to ensure the interplay of natural lighting, artificial lighting, ventilation and acoustic-electronic mechanisms."

— Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. p202.

Sources on Palace of Assembly

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p62-63. — Updated edition available at

Hans Girsberger, ed. Le Corbusier 1910-60. New York: George Wittenborn, 1959. NA1053.J4A48. p202.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Palace of Assembly


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