Northeast Commemorative Gate / atArchitecture
Avneesh Tiwari, Neha Rane
Text description provided by the architects. The memorial gate commemorates eight northeastern states of India as part of the Surajkund Craft Fair 2023, an annual fair in Faridabad that promotes Indian crafts and provides a platform for artisans. The site is located near the historic Surajkund Lake, commissioned in the 10th century by King Suraj Pal of the Tomar dynasty. Today the lake is no longer in use, but it is widely known for the Surajkund Craft Mela, which attracts more than a million visitors internationally during its three-week duration.
North Eastern India (officially North Eastern Region (NER)) is both a geographical and political-administrative unit of the country. It comprises eight states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim. Ethnic diversity in the NER is high and indigenous forms of arts and crafts are widespread.
The architecture is a testament to the tradition of bamboo construction, which is common in almost all of NER, and was built by s،ed craftsmen from the region. The gate is designed as a vaulted void consisting of a cube aligned with the cardinal directions. The bamboo lattice cube intersects the vault at an angle consistent with the existing road, giving the structure a dynamic form. The 12 concrete columns that were already on site were integrated so that 8 freestanding columns represent the history of each state with il،rations and the remaining 4 columns become part of the bamboo frame.
The details of the bamboo joinery were developed with the help of the artisans, while many of the design integration decisions were made on-site during construction, with an emphasis on local collaboration and craftsman،p. At the end of the three-week fair, the gate will be integrated into the public ،e, becoming a permanent framework to be enjoyed by local residents and pedestrians, open to all.