About Chandigarh

Packaging India Network is located in the Chandigarh Tricity Area which is well connected with a World Class Airport and top of the line infrastructure. Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture, which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed.

Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the 'City Beautiful'. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature's preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India's first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city rightly called " THE CITY BEAUTIFUL ".

The city has a pre-historic past. It has fossils belonging to some 8000 years old, which dates back to the Harappan Civilization.

The basic geographical and demographic profile of Chandigarh is as under:

Area114 SQ KMS
Longitude760 47' 14E
TemperatureWinter Min. Nov.-Jan 10 C - 160 C
Winter Min. Nov.-Jan 10 C - 160 C

The Le Corbusier Centre has been set up by the Chandigarh Administration, at the old Sector 19 office of the city's architect, Le Corbusier. The Swiss-French architect used the office while conceptualizing the city almost six decades ago.

The Centre displays and exhibits the life and works of Le Corbusier, so that tourists and future generations may be able to acquaint them selves with the rich cultural heritage of the city.

The main aim of the Centre would be preservation, interpretation, research, display of the works and legacy of Le Corbusier.

The Le Corbusier Centre and three Souvenir Shops at Sukhna Lake, Le Corbusier Center and Rock Garden, are being run successfully under STEPS (Society for Tourism and Entertainment Promotions).

The keen support offered by the Government of India and UNESCO's World Heritage Centre in Chandigarh Administration's nomination of "Le Corbusier's Work in Chandigarh" to the World Heritage List and "Preparation of a Conservation Management Plan for the historic areas, buildings and movable artifacts of the city" is also an affirmation of unique value of the city's Modern Heritage. A need has thus emerged not to only to intensify efforts for its conservation, but also for its appropriate transmission to future generations.

In view of the above, the objective of founding "The Le Corbusier Centre for Interpretation and Augmentation of the Heritage of Chandigarh" is not only to rehabilitate the "Old Architects' Office in Sector 19-B, Chandigarh" but also to establish a dedicated center for fostering a better understanding of the universal value of Chandigarh's Modern heritage amongst various stakeholders, and, augmenting the heritage management skills and capacities of the local authorities.

The Centre will focus on preservation, interpretation, research, display of the works and legacy of Le Corbusier. It will have three sections comprising museum & display gallery, research & publication and Administration.