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Contemporaneity Inspired By Tradition
Project: India International Convention Centre, Dwarka, New Delhi

Despite India’s sustained levels of growth and immense economic potential, the exhibition industry has not grown in tandem with the economic expansion and urban development in the capital city. A need was felt to provide a space which could be a common ground for interaction between Indian businesses, investors and buyers to catalyse existing economic activities in the country. To exhibit India’s growth and achievements at an international level, the convention centre has been conceived as a smart and efficient mixed-use urban development which would help support the country’s GDP growth in the long haul. The concept has been curated as a successful juxtaposition between varied nature of developments such as exhibition, convention, retail, hospitality, offices, museum and many more, are designed to cater to the indigenous as well as the international exhibitors.

Design Concept: Envisaged at the scale of a Central Business District (CBD), the design of this massive project pays close attention to creating connections with Indian culture and tradition while aiming to embody the ambitions of a forward looking nation through a contemporary interpretation of Indian planning principles and architecture. Multiple accesses to this complex create a porosity and permeability to the urban context, thereby integrating it to its vicinity.

The state-of-the-art convention centre is Asia’s second largest and the third largest in the world with a capacity to host 10,000 people at once, designed to host the G20 Summit and other such mega international events in India along with international conferences, exhibitions and trade shows. With a site area of 225 acres, the project also boasts of mixed land use such as retail, commercial spaces and 3700 hotel rooms as well as a 20,000 seater one-of-its-kind, world-class indoor arena with a retractable roof which would be built in India for the first time.

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October 2019