Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh

Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh

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Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh

The Tagore Theatre is a cultural landmark. Constructed 50 years ago by Ar. Aditya Prakash, the theatre has served the city for a long, eventful time. Owing to wear and tear, the theatre had to undergo a long due transformation to regain its identity and significance. If we account for the architectural significance of the theatre, the clean bold, austere structure was reminiscent to the modern ideal. It is a chunk of the heritage of the city.

The theatre with its blank brick-walled cuboid structure, enclosing two interpenetrating squares, embodying the straight line, unembellished modernist architectural vocabulary typical of Chandigarh, had, over the years, become an integral part of Chandigarh’s cityscape. Therefore, the architect strongly believed that it should not be demolished and its upgradation to the desired technological and functional level be design with minimum intervention to the original cuboid, brick structure.

By flipping the plan of the theatre and retaining the complete structure, Namita Singh managed to increase the capacity, upgrade infrastructure and replan the circulation that the old scheme could not support owing to increasing volume. A partition system was introduced to create flexibility and an unassuming glass foyer was added to create the necessary prelude.

By interevening minimally, the structure was retained and the space was rejuvenated. It is important, at times, to un-build and exercise creative restraint. While an alteration have been most critical, sensitive interventions were effective to revitalize the space, an example of crucial restraint.

  • Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh
    Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh
  • Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh
    Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh; Ar. Namita Singh

fact sheet

  • project : Tagore Theatre
  • location : Sector 18, Chandigarh
  • architect : Ar. Namita Singh
  • consultants : V.S. Kukreja & Associates
  • client : Chandigarh Administration
  • area : 50,400-sq.ft
  • civil contracators : Parmar Constructions Co.

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