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BUILDING
 
 
Khalsa Heritage Complex
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DESIGNER
 
 
Moshe Safdie

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DESCRIPTION
 
Moshe Safdie Khalsa Heritage ComplexThe Khalsa Heritage Complex is a new museum of the Sikh people located in the holy town of Anandpur Sahib, near Chandigarh in the Punjab state. The museum celebrates 500 years of Sikh history and the 300th anniversary of Khalsa, the scriptures written by the 10th and last Guru, Gobind Singh, founder of the modern Sikh faith.

Located on a 75-acre site overlooking the town, the Khalsa Heritage Memorial is divided into two complexes that straddle either side of a ravine and are connected by a bridge. The western complex, connected to the town of Anandpur Sahib, is organized around an entrance piazza and contains a 400-seat auditorium, two-story library and temporary exhibition galleries. The eastern complex, containing permanent interpretive exhibition space, consists of two clusters of undulating galleries that evoke the fortress architecture of the region and form a dramatic skyline against the surrounding sand cliff terrain. The clustering of the galleries in groups of five reflects the Five Virtues, a central tenet of the Sikh faith. A series of dams in the ravine create pools that reflect the complex at night.

Edited by Moshe Safdie and Associates
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
India [Bharat]
State
Punjab
Administrative division
Patiala
District
Rupnagar
Town
Anandpur Sahib
Address
Khalsa Heritage Complex V.I.P Road
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Ethnographic museums
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Libraries and media libraries
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
Amphitheatres
Architecture of parklands and water
Fountains, ponds

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public gardens
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
1998 - 2010
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Moshe Safdie, "Khalsa Heritage Memorial Complex, Anadpur Sahib, Punjab", Architecture A + D Design 4/1999, july-august 1999, pp. 102-110
"Safdie in India/Khalsa Heritage Memorial", L'Arca 135, marzo/march 1999 [Luce/Light], "l'Arca2" p. 91
Soren Larson, "World's tallest tower, Sikh center among India's newest ambitions", Architectural Record 1/1999, january 1999, p. 49
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CLIENT
 
 
Anandpur Sahib Foundation, Chandigarh, India
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AMOUNT
 
 
INR 941.500.000 ($ 21.700.000)
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 23,225 (sq.ft. 250,000)
Capacity
auditorium 400 seats
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STAFF
 
Project
Moshe Safdie and Associates
Associate architect
Ashok Dhawan, New Delhi
 
 
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