The Black Taj

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Architectural project _A cenotaph for Shajahan at the opposite side of the river and nearby the white and historic Taj Mahal
Location _Agra | India
Concept _Our proposal avoids any visual conflict with the White Taj Mahal. It’s absolutely outstanding position as a worldwide known cultural heritage cannot be touched. Therefore we designed a negative architecture: smooth ramps guide the visitors down to a space of dusk and dawn with an intense atmosphere of being confounded with the grave questions of life and death. There is no traditional design approach in our proposal. It’s a present design and uses all the capabilities of contemporary construction and fabrication technologies. However: It is contextualized by referring to the famous negative architectures of indian fountain buildings like Chand Baori and others. And the 3D-knot of the elliptically ramps is referred to the famous Mughal tradition of (circular) ornaments. We solved the problem of a possibly vain conflict in relation to the White Taj Mahal by keeping the above-ground view totally free of interventions. And while the White Taj Mahal is an architectural complex which lays in the horizontal, our Black Taj is directed in the vertical as a kind of time axis: the visitors see no horizon anymore, they see only the sky above and the Mughals tomb on the ground of a deep hole.

Site plan
Historic timeline
Mughal ornaments – Actual geometry
The 3D spiral knot
Perspective view
The exhibition space
Image _Chand Baori _Negative architecture

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