THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
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THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

 

CLIENT New Delhi Government
ARCHITECT Webe Design Lab
YEAR 2016 – 2019
LOCATION New Delhi
VISUALS AWA

 

The National War Memorial, situated in the heart of New Delhi, honors soldiers who laid down their lives for the country. The architectural design respects the sanctity of the Central Vista and India Gate’s Mughal architecture as national assets and provides unhindered access to the public. Concentric circular spaces, or “chakras” have different symbolic and functional meanings, and the layered lighting design approach reinforces this. The outermost “Rakshak” chakra (Protector) provides an outer even glow of the circle of light acting as a protective element for the entire memorial. The second chakra, “Yudhpath” (Warrior) has dots of light, with the number of dots representing the number of warriors who have given their lives to the country. The third chakra, “Tyag” (Sacrifice) symbolizes the sacrifice the warrior made for the nation. LED uplight fixtures highlight the names of these brave warriors. The descent of the warrior statue into the “dharti” (earth) is highlighted by recessed ground uplights. The fourth chakra, “Veer” (Braveheart) has lights going up into the sky to symbolize the victory the warrior has achieved. The fifth chakra, “Punarjanm” (Rebirth) signifies the return of the warrior, with a streak of light ascending upwards to the heavens and the great cosmos above.