Renownd Indian architecture practice CP Kukreja Architects along with London-based Crab Studio have been selected to design the Serendipity Arts Foundation's Live Museum dubbed "The Brij" - a new cultural centre in New Delhi at the foundation’s ongoing arts festival in Panaji, Goa.
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Live Museum is envisioned as an immersive environment that will facilitate collaborations between artists and visitors. The museum seeks to create discursive opportunities, promote the exchange of ideas, and inspire practitioners and visitors to access and engage with the arts on a more personal level.
Why Called a Live Museum?
"The project is called a 'Live Museum' because it is very different from the traditional idea of a museum," says Dikshu C. Kukreja, Managing Principal at CP Kukreja Architects. " Apart from housing art displays, it will be home to the artistic processes that simultaneously expand and renew our engagement with multiple histories, presents and futures. Spaces such as flexible indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, performance areas, and an artisan village will bring art to the people."
In addition, the Live Museum will educate and nurture creativity through residencies, and cultural and artistic exchanges – resembling a quasi-university to support the arts ecosystem. Furthermore, it will activate and improve Delhi-NCR’s urban milieu by enhancing its social, cultural and economic standing.
Design Team: CP Kukreja Architects (India), Crab Studio (United Kingdom)
Location: Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Site Area: 7.6 acres
Built-Up Area: 1 million square feet
Facilities: Exhibition spaces, performance spaces, artisan village, museum, library, outdoor arena, visitor centre, etc.
About Dikshu C. Kukreja
Harvard-educated Dikshu C. Kukreja is the Managing Principal of CP Kukreja Architects, one of the world’s largest architecture and urban design firms and ranked amongst the top 100 design firms in the world. Dikshu Kukreja is a noted expert on urban and environmental issues and has worked as an advisor with state and national authorities on various issues. He has been selected as the ‘Young Icon of the Decade’, ‘Best Citizen of India’, ‘Face of 21st Century Architecture in India’, and featured in ‘Who’s Who of Asia’. Most recently, Kukreja can be seen on ‘Tale of Two Cities’, a revolutionary talk show on WION, where he brings conversations around cities and urbanisation to the mainstream.
About CP Kukreja Architects
CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA) is one of the world’s largest architecture and urban design practices with offices in India, Vietnam, Japan and the USA. Founded in 1969 in Delhi by the Late CP Kukreja, and currently helmed by Managing Principal Dikshu C. Kukreja, the award-winning firm’s work is rooted in contextuality and driven by a sustainable approach reinforced through innovative technologies. Over the last five decades, CPKA has left its mark in 30+ countries with 1000+ projects across scales and typologies. The practice comprises 200+ professionals from multiple disciplines working in tandem to deliver holistic, end-to-end solutions for the built environment.
Courtesy: CPKA Architects
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