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.
Architect’s Record of Parliament Library. Courtesy of Architect (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 2006.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the architects of projects engaged in the nomination process receive an Award documentation package which describes the standardised presentation requirements. In addition to submitting photographs, slides, and architectural drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed Architect's Record pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context.