Conceived within the Indian tradition, built in a contemporary idiom', the Parliament Library relates quietly to its context - the heart of Sir Edward Lutyens' urban design of Delhi. Its external facade, clad in red sandstone, is 'austere for aesthetic and functional reasons'. Internally, the defining theme is light, admitted through three courtyards and twelve domes. The domes are of various sizes and are constructed of lightweight fibre cement, bright steel lattice and tensile cables, structural glass and glass bricks. A roof garden provides a gathering space for scholars and parliamentarians in the winter, and a thermal barrier in the summer.
Parliament Library Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.