Layout plan and display of exhibits in the Centre:


Room No. : 1

Reception, Information and publications



i) Documents pertaining to inception, development and growth of Chandigarh compiled by late Dr. M.S. Randhawa, I.C.S (Retd.), the first Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh

ii) Harappan findings in Chandigarh and photographs of different archeological excavations in Chandigarh

Room No. 3


i)      Final selection of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Maxwell Fry.

ii)     Telegram dated 20 December, 1950 announcing the signing of contracts with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.

iii)    Draft agreement made with Le Corbusier.

iv)    A letter from Le Corbusier dated 15 July, 1954 to C.P.N.Singh , Governor of Punjab for the construction of the Governorís palace and also a reminder for the release of his pending fee for the work done on the Capitol Project.

v)     Le Corbusier letter dated 24 March,  1958  to  Pandit  Jawaharlal Nehru , Prime minister of India regarding P.L. Vermaís inability to attend the meeting to the sub committee of the Chandigarh board.

vi) Le Corbusierís letter dated 24 March 1958 to C.P.N. Singh, Governor of Punjab, regarding P.L. Vermaís non inclusion in advisory committee and sanctions to be given to him.

vii) Le Corbusierís letter dated 5 April, 1958 to D.P. Nayyar, Secretary of Capitol project insisting on the construction of post and telegraph building.

viii)   Le Corbusierís letter dated 9 May, 1958 to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, regarding the work of D.P.Nayyar, Secretary of Capitol project.

ix)    Le Corbusierís letter dated 7 June, 1958 to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India regarding problems faced by him in Chandigarh.

x)     Le Corbusierís letter dated 29 December 1958 to R.N.Dogra, Chief Engineer, Capitol Project regarding his dissatisfaction of the progress of work.

xi)    Le Corbusierís letter dated 3 February, 1959 to high level advisory committee insisting on the construction of Post and Telegraph building in Sector 17.

xii)   Le Corbusierís letter dated 22 June, 1959 to Dr. Radha Krishnan, Vice President of India explaining in detail the philosophy and concept behind using the open hand monument at the Bhakhra Dam.

xiii)   Le Corbusierís letter dated 2 November, 1960 to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India on cantonment matter and stressing the need to preserve the limit of the city and landscape.

xiv)   Pandit Jawaharlal Nehruís letter dated 4 November, 1960 to Pratap Singh Karon, Chief Minister of Punjab regarding the building of cantonment.

xv)   A letter of Le Corbusier dated 15 December, 1960 sent by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India to Pratap Singh Karon, Chief Minister of Punjab.

xvi)  A letter dated 23 January, 1961 from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India to Pratap Singh Karoan, Chief Minister of Punjab to expedite the construction of the Museum of Knowledge. 

xvii)) Pierre Jeanneretís letter dated 1 September 1961 to Pratap Singh Karon, Chief Minister of Punjab regarding promotion of senior architects.

xviii) Pierre Jeanneretís letter dated 10 October, 1961 to Dr.M.S.Randhawa, Chief Commissioner, Chandigarh regarding promotion of senior architects.

xix)   Dr. M.S. Randhawaís letter dated 26 October, 1961 to Pierre Jeanneret regarding promotions of senior architects.

xx)   Pratap Singh Karonís letter dated 18 October, 1961 to Dr.M.S.Randhawa Chief Commissioner, Chandigarh regarding senior architect and their promotions.

xi)    Pierre Jeanneretís letter dated 14 October, 1963 to Dr. M.S. Randhawa , Chief Commissioner, Chandigarh regarding problems faced in the office.

xxii)  Le Corbusierís letter dated 14 may 1964 to Dr. M.S Randhawa, Chief Commissioner, Chandigarh regarding the open hand monument.


Room No.4 


i)      Survey plan of the proposed Chandigarh site

ii)     Periphery control

iii)    Modular concept

iv)    Le Corbusierís planning concepts

v)     Plan of Capitol area by Le Corbusier

vi)   Plan of the Secretariat

vii)    High court roof

viii)   Floor plans of the Assembly buildings,

ix)    The Governorís palace (unbuilt) and

x)     The Museum of Knowledge (unbuilt).    

Room No.5


i)     Location of Chandigarh with regard to the adjoining states
ii)      Chandigarh on the map of India
iii)     Chandigarh after reorganization of Punjab in 1966
iv)    Rainfall, temperature, humidity,& surface wind in Chandigarh
v)     Old office building of the Chief Architect, Capital Project (model) 
vi)    The Open Hand Monument (model)
vii)   The Secretariat (model)
viii)   The hyperbolic paraboloid dome of the Assembly (model),
ix)    The High Court (model)
x)     The Governorís Palace(unbuilt) (model). 

Room No.6


i)      Le Corbusierís planning concept
ii)     Comparison of the Chandigarhís Master Plan with that of Paris
iii)    Think sketches for the study of dome of Assembly
iv)    A study of road network in Chandigarh
v)     A panoramic collage of Open Hand Monument
vi)    Chandigarh Master Plan (translight)
vii)   Door of the Assembly (translight)
ix)    Tapestry design by Le Corbusier for the High Court
x)     Map of Chandigarh showing archeological sites.


Room No. 7

Committee Room

Master Plan of Chandigarh and furniture


i)      Single seater with cord back and hand woven strips
ii)     Three seater with cord back and hand woven strips
iii)    Three legged table with wooden top and bamboo legs
iv)    A chair with cord back, jute seat and bamboo frame
v)     A Chair with swinging seat
vi)    A wooden chair with steel frame
vii)   A wooden chair with steel frame, bamboo hand wooden strips
viii)   A steel and bamboo frame chair with leather upholstery
ix)    A wooden bookshelve
x)     A wooden office table.

Room No. 8

Reference, Research and Digital library 


Room No. 9




Exhibition Hall

Exhibition: ĎA Dream Realizedí: An architectural overview of ideas that became cities Ė organized in collaboration with the Sakaar foundation.



Photo Gallery

Le Corbusier Ė A Multi Faceted Personality