Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Area: 4500 Sq. Ft.
Client: Government Of India
The Indian Government decided to initiate a project that resulted in the creation of a memorial which would honor the kith and kin of the police personnel killed in line of duty and the serving police personnel, along the symbolic axis that exists between the chosen site and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, along Shanti Path. A nationwide architectural competition was held to decide on the design of the memorial to be built and the winning entry belonged to Lotus. The site was ideated to cater to three functions. The primary function was of the memorial itself which was a central structure that would be strongly evocative of memory and solemnity. The secondary function adhered to the informational and the ceremonial aspects of the project which would be addressed by the museum and the front lawn respectively. The museum would have on display uniforms, arms and medals with a looped audio-visual presentation on the lives of the police personnel killed in action. The ceremonial space or the front lawn would cater to the activities of daily flag hoisting and police day functions. The tertiary function was contemplative, met by protective tree rings set in gravel and the Parikrama. The memorial was built along the concept of a cocoon with layers of protection, as symbolized by a pair of folded hands in respect. Hence, a circular space with the Asoka Chakra on the floor in red and a sandstone or GRC jaaliwork framing the space with names of the martyrs adorning it to create the Wall of Remembrance was nestled inside a ring of trees. A Lion Capital wall is another beautiful element of the memorial. The Lotus entry gained praise for the thoughtful approach and execution of the ideology that defined the very spirit of the memorial.