Chandigarh College of Architecture documents floor patterns of Rashtrapati Bhavan : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

New Delhi, July 27

The striking floor patterns that Edwin Lutyens designed for the Viceroy’s Residence of India (now the Rashtrapati Bhavan) have been documented in a seminal work written by a team of teachers and students from Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) and led by Principal Sangeeta Bagga.

The cover of the book “Interpreting Geometries”

The book, titled “Interpreting Geometries”, was published here on July 24, with former President Ram Nath Kovind receiving the first copy on his last day in office. The book is the first research into the intricate flooring patterns of the Rashtrapati Bhavan designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1929 for the Viceroy of India.

Apart from Bagga, the other authors include three faculty members of the college, namely Saumya Sharma, Vipendra Singh and Shilpa Sood, and six MArch students. Speaking to The Tribune today, Bagga said the Rashtrapati Bhavan is a national heritage and there are several books on its various aspects but none on its soil.

“We were commissioned by the President House to highlight the complex geometry of the building,” says Bagga, who carried out a reconnaissance survey that led to the first volume of the book, produced in seven months.

The building is H-shaped with four wings – Guest Wing, Family Wing, Press Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat – on its four sides.

“Seeing the scope of work, we decided to produce two volumes. The first volume describes the design philosophy and creation of Rashtrapati Bhavan at Raisina Hill, the inspiration behind the unique flooring, and decodes the flooring patterns The chapters contain several architectural floor plan drawings, flooring pattern drawings and interpretation sketches to understand flooring in different stages, she said, adding that the first volume examines 22 spaces and decodes 32 patterns.

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