Art & Science Gallery

Competition Entry

The idea is to create a building that will take its rightful place among international peers - one that is modern in outlook, but Indian in soul.

The client’s vision was to create an Art & Science Gallery in all the Metros in India.  They envisioned it to be a unique & inspirational space for engaging young adults to explore the intersection between science and the arts. The collaborators and board of advisors were from leading Science, Technology, Liberal Arts and Art schools around the country.

Indian culture celebrates the seamless flow of visual and performing arts to astronomy, mathematics and science since Vedic times. Indo-centric planning of spaces delves into ancient cultural values that are rooted to the philosophies of the subcontinent. SHILPA ARCHITECTS’ design for the Gallery is about an interlinking ambulatory space between two wings that enhances social connect and kindles curious surprise.

Space Requirements

  • Lobby
  • Gallery
  • Exhibition
  • Conference / Event Space
  • Theater
  • Conference & Meeting Rooms
  • Cafe
  • Kitchen
  • Retail Store Space
  • Onsite & Offsite Storage

The Design Approach

The spaces aim to emphasize the connection that Indian civilizations effortlessly made between earth, sky and nature and trigger introspection, inspiration and collaboration.


The Solar Panel Roof is the one that is oriented with maximum exposure to the SW portion of the site. The solar studies have shown that this roof needs to be high and shadow free – this has influenced the heights and curvature of this roof form.

With the capacity to generate about 100kVA of electricity on site per day, this supply is expected to fulfill 15-20% of the total demand for the building.



Open Theater seamlessly flows into the rolling meadows which leads up to the studio. This flexible outdoor space is a collaborative space for experimentation and can be used formally as well.

The grand step and ramp feature is the main entrance to the building. An interactive space with the exploded plane Tadasana forms the arrival experience to the science gallery.

The entry plaza can accommodate a huge group prior to an event and informal pre-function space. The steps can also be used for outdoor exhibits which require high visibility from the highway.


Museum, Cafe & Retail Store