Punjab-based designer cum architect Udayveer Singh Thakur of Space Race Architects has designed this grandiose award-winning shrine- Nirmal Kutiya Gurudwara- at Arjun Nagar on Ladowali Road in Jalandhar. The architect won the 34th cycle of World Architecture Community Awards (WA) for the impressive architecture and palatial interior design of the building under the ‘Realised Interior Design’ projects category, making him the first architect from the state to bag the title.
An interesting fact is that the majestic Gurudwara is built upon the land which was a graveyard anciently. However, today, it plays a major role in spiritual incarnation as the religious symbol resides here and a positive ambiance is spread across. The contemporary nature of the building features the use of cantilever slabs, linear block with travertine stone cladding, and a large glass at the exterior facade. And its opulent interiors are gracefully embellished with chandeliers, floral-patterned carpet floors with tones of beige. The architect has shared more details about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Take a virtual tour to the Gurudwara:
The contemporary take of this Gurdwara creates its presence internationally and is visited by a good number of pilgrims having ardent faith in Sikhism from across the globe.
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Anciently Sikhism, as a religion did not have any particular symbol of architecture in their spiritual structures like Gurdwaras. For instance, where Guru Nanak Dev Ji (The founder of Sikhism) was born, it was originally a residence and due to lack of knowledge and resources unluckily it couldn’t be restored and halls of Gurdwara came up with elements of architecture that were prevalent at that time mostly derived from Muslim and Persian architecture.
It is the vision of the architect that, after a centenary when visitors shall pay homage to this sacred place, the contemporary nature of the building and palatial interior design will take them down to the memory lane of the 21st-century architecture of a Gurdwara.
The building possesses contemporary elements including cantilever slabs, linear block with travertine stone cladding and a large glass for transparency at the exterior façade.
A skeleton Dome marks the pinnacle of the Gurdwara and solely depicts its presence from a distance. There is a splendid fountain erected outside the main entrance directly aligned with the dome above.
A water source is prevalent on both ends of the structure to witness its reflection. One can see the refraction of a floating Nishan Sahib (Sacred symbol at the top of a flagpole) with onyx light at the bottom.
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Further, the building cantilever playfully subtracts the flagpole to cross through it. This onyx flagpole truly depicts the contemporary element of Sikh Architecture.
The interior of the building is beautifully canvased with chandeliers, blind pointed arches at the rear wall, floral-patterned carpet floors, and shades of beige at the embellishments.
There is also an opulent use of the diffused sunlight from the east direction that adds spiritual ambiance to the palatial interiors of the building.
Project Name: Gurdwara Nirmal Kutiya
Name of the Firm: Space Race Architects
Project Year: March 2018
Category: Religious Project
Principal Architect: Ar. Thakur Udayveer Singh
Specialist Design Team Member: Ritika Singh
Built-Up Area: 7209.1 Sq. M
Location: Arjun Nagar, Jalandhar, Punjab
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