Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium New Delhi
A geodesic dome to span a stadium that could be subdivided multiple ways.
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.
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 second prize award for the Talkatora Stadium.
Any architectural design philosophy for a stadium must be founded a clear structural concept. The task to house and move thousands of people and manage services for them supercedes any notion of beauty. However, as Buckminster Fuller wrote, "When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong", the solution had to be an elegant one. The structure of the stadium is a simple geodesic structure with skylights for light and ventilation. An elaborate movement pattern and ways of subdividing the interior space was devised that would allow multiple sports to be played at once.