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Phalke Memorial Nashik
Project Facts + Design Team
DateDesign Team
2001Akhil Dadkar
Paresh Anjarlekar
Nitin Killawala
ClientsStructural Engineers
Nashik Municipal CorporationDamie Thakurdesai
Nashik, MaharashtraAmod Shevde
Project Area
25,000 Sqft

Built in the memory of Dadasaheb Phalke, honouring his contribution to Indian Cinema. This Museum was constructed on a rocky site, close to the historic "Pandav caves" in Nashik.

Almost all built forms have been designed along the existing contours, with primary exhibition halls, auditorium, cafeteria and amphitheatre all connected by a sweeping corridor, shaded adequately by a continuous pergola forming an integral open-to-sky space within the campus.

A simple construction technique of RCC frame structure, enclosed by locally available Basalt stone, responds to the surrounding rocky landscape. Selective cut-outs within this RCC frame in the form of skylights help in highlighting the exhibits narrating some of the crucial moments in the history of Indian Cinema.

The Memorial park offers leisure with entertainment for families and all age groups. The musical fountain in the centre forms a strong focus, where the water is sourced from a natural stream – collected and channelized into a series of shallow ponds and eventually into the fountain. This emulates the systems adopted in water bodies of Moghul Architecture.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial Park offers multiple usages for the community reinventing the need for a new kind of public space in India.