Theatreplan to spearhead design services for world’s tallest temple, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
INDIA: Now under construction, Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir (VCM), in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India, will be the world’s tallest temple when the project is completed. Vrindavan is the birthplace of Krishna and the spiritual capital of India. The project, currently underway, is the result of 30 years of work and investment by ISCKON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) who are managing the design and construction process.
ISCKON has built a design team with some of the world’s leading design firms. Among those is the international theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, selected to provide auditorium, conference centre and technology design services for the project. Theatreplan is described as having been selected for its ‘world class pedigree, collaborative and creative approach’ to auditorium planning and technology design. According to Theatreplan’s project director for VCM, Brad Maiden, ‘This project presents a unique opportunity for Theatreplan to embark on a cultural journey, contribute to and learn from what will be one of the landmarks of collective human achievement in this region. We are honoured and proud to be a part of this amazing project. The VCM project also represents a significant strategic pivot for Theatreplan as we expand our entertainment, technology and customer engagement solutions into the APAC market. The VCM project is a major pillar of our innovative work in this region.’
Rising to a height of 213m, equivalent of 70 floors, the temple will have a footprint of approximately 20,200 sq-m and a built-up area of approximately 50,200 sq-m. By comparison, the Colosseum in in Rome, Italy is 49m tall, the Taj Mahal and Outab Minar in India are both 73m in height, Saint Peter’s Basillica in Vatican City is 128.6m tall and the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt it 128.8m in height. The temple is planned to be vibrant with various Sri Krishna-related festivals and religious activities throughout the year. These festivals will be accompanied by music concerts and other opportunities for performing arts. The temple will also feature a variety of social development programs including meal programs for millions of deprived children throughout India, and welfare programs. The total project footprint is set in 62 acres of land and will include 12 acres for parking and a helipad, as well as a variety of theme parks and performing arts facilities.
Theatreplan will be responsible for auditorium planning, including integrating interior design and acoustic requirements, conference centre design for government and ISKCON delegates, and all associated technical infrastructure design including stage engineering, production lighting, sound and video integration.
Construction began in November 2014 with the first earth being turned by Indian president Pranrab Mukherjee. The temple is scheduled for completion in 2019.