Aedas Reveals Design of Exhibition and Convention Centre in New Delhi

Aedas announces plans to transform Pragati Maidan in New Delhi into an exhibition and convention center. This is a plan that Aedas hopes will become a city icon. The site, which was transformed into a national exhibition space by Aedas in 1972, is located along the Yamuna River. It also borders a number of historical and cultural venues. In 2016, an international design competition sought to modernize the programme. The winning project by Aedas and Arcop is a circular convention center that is surrounded by a large landscaped public space. This maximizes accessibility.

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The International Exhibition & Convention Centre will provide more than 100,000 square meters of exhibition space with a capacity for 13.500 people. A circular convention centre has an elevated main hall that opens to the ground, creating an open-air amphitheatre. The gesture also gives the city a higher view, which the designers refer to as “a new window into Delhi”. The ramp wraps around building and allows for easy access to its main hall as well as its back-of house spaces.

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Through locally sourced materials and elements like the colonnade, the design team anchors their proposal in Indian architectural tradition. The two-storey exhibition halls are connected by pergolas at ground level through two-storey structures. The civic plaza is designed to hold large crowds and features stepped platforms, trees, water features, and additional amenities such as retail outlets. The Convention Centre’s slanted facade is made of glass and reflects the surrounding environment, connecting New Delhi to Pragati Maidan.