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Serial Vision and Rastrapati Bhawan in Delhi

There are many architectural projects which may inspire you. One thing that counts is the design understanding that a person has developed over a time. Being graduated in the stream of planning, I got interest more in urban design and landscape aspect of the architectural design. Now, with making unnecessary arguments as we India usually do, lets start on the real topic under discussion. The most inspiring architectural project for me. Under the supervision of Edward Lutyens and Herbert Baker the new capital took shape between 1911 and 1931. They used most of the design features of the garden city in the new capital of India.
Rashtrapati Bhavan during India's Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi

The design feature which really inspired me is the serial vision and imperial power symbolising design feature of the Rajpath from Rastrapati Bhawan (Bhawan) to Purana Quila. The alignment and the height adjustment along with the design control that has been introduced there is a classic example in India though it might be inspired by the design of Garden City planned and developed in Europe.

The avenues of the stees and alignment of the water bodies with building in backdrop make you feel the serial vision on the Rastrapati Bhawan. The intention of the mound created just near the North Block and South Block was to create some sort of visual screening effect to the eyes of the person who would be approaching it from the Purana Quila. The illusion of nearness of the Rastrapati Bhawan when you are near Purana Quila will tempt you to march fast to reach to the Bhawan but suddenly reaching near the North and South Block, you will realise that Bhawan is still far away. One more effect awaits you. When you reach near the Bhawan you will realise that how small you are on the scale of the building. Thus, architects have created a space where the majesty will feel his eminence among the general public visiting him.
By Shashikant Nishant Sharma
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