In commemoration of 150 years of power supply to Bangalore, via India’s very first power station in Shivanasamudra falls in Karnataka, the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd, held an architectural competition for the design of a Light Museum and Energy Center. The 9-acre site is located in Hoody and has a high tension line passing through it.The 9-acre site is located in Hoody and has a high tension line passing through it. It is programmed to be a museum, research center and public space.
Crystal & the triangulated geometry of the High tension Light pole is inspired by the crystal, the architecture of the LIMEC should celebrate light through form, material, structure and function. The 9-acre site is located in Hoody and has a high tension line passing through it. It is programmed to be a museum, research center and public space.
Like a prism, the center should focus knowledge as well as disseminate it. Light comes alive in its meeting with the CRYSTAL...dazzles, reflects, refracts light in divine celebration of light. The structural geometry of the electric poles seems similar to the geometry in the polished surface of the crystal.Taking this idea forward the design develops 4 blocks separated by 3 'crystal' courts.
The crystal courts refract the light into the galleries and other spaces by prismatic glass surfaces on two sides. These courts also channelize the prevailing breeze and let it into the gallery spaces where the spaces are not air conditioned. A series of galleries beginning from dark space to the light space showcase the various ways light is used and understood today and through history.The design uses several strategies to make the building energy sensitive and responsive to the local ecology using passive and active systems.