Principal Designers

Client

Government of India
Capacity
3000 persons

Postscript

A strong structural concept based on a geodesic grid showed a promise of economy, speed and an effective method to cover the pool which could not be managed with the winning scheme that was constructed for the games.

1978

Talkatora Pool

SGA's third prize winning scheme provided an effective solution to the roof of the stadium

With the upcoming Asian Games of 1982, the city went into a building frenzy that also lifted the economic climate for the country. At a scale much grander than the 1951 games held here, impressive new structures were proposed that would change the very structure of the city.

Background

The Asian Games of 1982 followed a rather tumultous late 1970s. The commitment to host the games and the urgency of necessary preparations still to be made had to be reminded to the Morarji Desai led Janata Party government through a memorandum in the Parliament. "When Indira Gandhi’s Congress party returned to power, it set up its own committee called the Asian Games Special Organising Committee (AGSOC) under Buta Singh. That was some quick politics behind the organisation of the Asian Games of 1982. The Congress party proved a point – the Asian Games was too important an event to be left in the hands of others. So why allow them to take credit for holding the event?" (source: Datta, K. (2012). How the 1982 Asian games changed Delhi. Available: http://www.businessandeconomy.org/16022012/storyd.asp?sid=6763&pageno=1. Last accessed 25th October 2014.) During this time, several architectural competitions for the various structures to be built in the city were held. SGA won a third prize award for the Talkatora Stadium.

See also ...

1988
Dakshin Delhi Kalibari Temple. A Modern Hindu Temple completed in 1988 that reinterprets the traditional Hindu temple form in exposed reinforced cement
1979
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi. A geodesic dome to span a stadium that could be subdivided multiple ways.

See also ...

1988
Dakshin Delhi Kalibari Temple A Modern Hindu Temple completed in 1988 that reinterprets the traditional Hindu temple form in exposed reinforced cement
1979
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi A geodesic dome to span a stadium that could be subdivided multiple ways.