The Peace Pavilion.
The Peace Pavilion.

Collaborative Architecture invited to exhibit by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum

The exhibit will be part of the ground-breaking, humanitarian design series titled – Designing Peace, due in the second half of 2021

Collaborative Architecture has been invited by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum to be part of the ground-breaking, humanitarian design series titled – Designing Peace, due in the second half of 2021. The invitation is remarkable, considering it is exhibited at the historic Copper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, arguably one of the most important design museums in the world, which in the past has curated some of the most defining exhibitions that shaped the discourse and narrative of architecture and design.

Model of the proposal.

The curatorial team selected the ‘Indian National War Museum, New Delhi’ – finalist in the two-stage international competition – for its flipping of the brief by focusing on ‘peace’ as the centrality of the design. The entry was rightly named ‘Indian National Peace Museum’.

The entry to the museum is dedicated as the ‘Peace Pavilion’. This is one of the most interesting and significant parts of the architectural proposal. The spatial reference can be traced back to the Stupa at Sanchi, dedicated to Buddha and his teaching of non-violence; the bedrock of Gandhi’s vision for India’s democracy and its unique position in the world.

The competition for the Indian National War Museum was conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office and attracted nearly all important national & international architectural studios – a total of 268 entries from the world over. Collaborative Architecture was one of the seven firms selected for the second stage. Unfortunately, the competition has since been shelved.


Programmatic scheme.

Collaborative Architecture, in the past, have qualified and got into the final rounds of some of the most important architectural competitions, globally. BCDA, Iconic Tower, Manila, by the Philippine Government with J.Mayer H, Berlin, as collaborating partners; Musi River Revitalisation project – 57 km of the Musi river regeneration, a project by Telangana Government in Hyderabad, with Henning Larsen Architects as collaborating partners; Israeli Lounge at Kennedy Centre, Washington DC; are some of them.

The exhibition will travel to two more places, after premiering at the New York Gallery.

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