The India Pavilion was visualized as an Urban Tapestry. A montage of diverse cultures, faiths and races, each creating its own imprints on the ethos of the nation, best symbolized as a tapestry woven from many different threads, an existence dependent on the strength of their standing together as a single, if highly patterned, fabric.
Extending the tapestry motif into the built form of the India pavilion, the structure becomes a large tapestry, a giant system of interlocking warps and wefts. The structural elements are threads pulled taut from the bellowing metal roof. Tears in the fabric open up to form courts that are real Indian court conditions in Scale and form.Runs in the Fabric of the roof become skylights that illuminate activity paths. An edge of the Tapestry roof dips to the ground, allowing for a gentle pedestrian upsweep garnering added visibility for the India Pavilion at the Expo.
The roof curls into a tunnel at one end that provides a grand scale to the culmination of the journey through the pavilion.