Following a design competition, New Delhi-based architecture firm Studio Lotus have unveiled their plans for a new Visitor Centre and Knowledge Centre at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. The winning entry was selected by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust from a final field of three, whittled down from an initial group of eight prolific Indian design studios.
Studio Lotus describes their proposal as an "architectural system" that sensitively pays deference to the 15th century landmark, which overlooks the city 125 metres high. The plan responds to the design brief's call to address the continued adaptive reuse of the site by spotlighting attention on ease of construction, reconfiguration and modularity. As needs arise, the flexibility of the scheme translates to ease of implementation for future interventions, including additional platforms and pedestrian routes.
The project takes the shape of multiple interconnected decks that descend from the Palace Plaza. A parallel pathway hugging the main entrance of the fort would culminate at Jai Pol Plaza, where stone slabs and steel lattices define the exterior aesthetic of the knowledge centre. The interior will contain exhibition galleries, seminar halls and community spaces.
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