Designer: Collaborative Architecture (India); Collaborators: Arup, Landscape India, Suranjana Satewalker, Kapil Suralekar Associates (India), Shibu Raman (United Kingdom); Client: Government of India; Location: New Delhi, India; Year: 2017

Mumbai-based architects challenged a national war museum competition with a design proposal for a “peace museum,” aiming to shape a new narrative and alter India’s discourse on war and nationalism. The ideals of peace and nonviolence are integral to the museum’s content and programming. The ambitious design aims to explore the narrative of nonviolence in the country’s history while creating more democratic places for its future. The welcoming Peace Pavilion structure is centered in a public plaza and, like a tree canopy, it is designed to provide shelter from the elements and daily chaos found in urban India.

Image: Rendering, 2017; Drawing by Collaborative Architecture (Mumbai, India); Credit: © Collaborative Architecture