SECOND WAVE - SUBMARINE HERITAGE MUSUEM
: Government of Andhra Pradesh
: Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, IN
: Balan and Nambisan Architects
: Ar. Aurn Balan (Partner), Ar Pratish Rajan (Team head)
: Architectural Intern
: Design development, 3D modelling, presentations, schematic drawings, renders and walkthrough
: May 2018
The Ministry of Tourism and the Indian Navy have set in motion plans for an Integrated Museum and a community center connecting the Submarine Museum and the TU142 Aircraft Museum. The intention is to make a world-class community center that will attract footfall to the center. The Indian Navy has in its armory legendary arsenal such as the Kursura, TU 142, the Sea Harriers amongst others. Some of these are decommissioned after a long and glorious run. These machines and their service in protecting the borders of our great nation mustn't be forgotten. These have the power to instill awe in the minds of the viewers. They will inspire young minds to be part of the valor and courage that is an integral part of our armed forces.
It is this very thought that has prompted to commission a museum and a tourist center where these war veterans will be exhibited. These machines and their service in protecting the borders of our great nation mustn't be forgotten. They will inspire young minds to be part of the valor and courage that is an integral part of our armed forces. The emphasis will be on Physical, Emotional, and Social connect that the viewer will experience.
On entering the museum the visitor will be in awe, immediately struck by the dramatic, stylized presence of diversity of the exhibits, amazing war machines, war memorabilia, torpedos, guns, which envelope the white architectural space. The double-height scale of the gallery will be used to create an experience that allows visitors to ‘enter into’ the display, becoming part of the display; a giant curiosity cabinet of sorts. it will capture visitors’ attention, and motivate them to find out more about these exhibits and their stories.
The museum seeks to inspire visitors about the future and their involvement in it. From the entrance onwards visitors need to feel a sense of wonder and be excited to explore the variety of exhibits and art. They could also just be there to be a part of all the community facilities such open terraces, amphitheater, food courts or walk without the constraint of traffic to the beach exhibit, or be part of the experiences along the waterfront. A life-changing, mind-blowing visitor experience where visitors journey through the theatre of their mind, where they encounter a world of diverse perceptions, thoughts, emotions, drama, dreams, and realities all intertwined in a single place.