Taking on the challenge for contemporary architecture to stand its ground amidst a legacy of a multiple-layered and overwhelming past in a city as Lucknow in the 21st.century by creating what will be tomorrow’s history; becoming the ‘respiratory apparatus’ for the asphyxiating city and as a phenomenal city centre-engaging the inhabitants and the built environment, is the JPNIC-an ‘unconventional convention centre’
Arguably the single largest public edifice in the entire state of Uttar Pradesh, celebrating one of the ‘few good men’-socialist Jaya Prakash Narayan, it boasts of facilities ranging from an Olympic scale aquatic and sports centre, a business centre, a museum and a hotel while physically and programmatically standing cheek by jowl in the very urbane but green district of Lucknow, right beside the R. M Lohia park. It fittingly, sensitively and gallantly negotiates with this contrasting context. Along with the structurally, ecologically and technologically savvy construction, the terracotta cladding of the east elevation responds to the cityscape while the west side sweeps the park off the ground almost audaciously up to the fifth floor of the convention centre!
Reiterating studio archohm’s commitment towards ‘building green buildings’ the built environment is integrated with nature to such an extent, it is difficult to discern exactly where one ends and the other begins.