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The Secretariat

  The Secretariat Building was designed by the famous French architect Le Corbusier as part of the Capitol Complex.  Construction began in 1953 and ended in 1959.  At 254 meters long and 42 meters high, it is the largest of the three buildings that make up the Capitol Complex, as well as the longest building in Chandigarh.  It is 8 stories in height and divided into 6 blocks by expansion joints, and overall is shaped like a lengthy block of concrete.  Small, square windows look out from the front and rear of the building.  A series of exposed concrete ramps give the building a cliff-like, sculptured appearance.  It is reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s earlier work in France- the Marseilles apartment blocks.  Two storey porticos in the centre house the offices of the ministers.  They are shaded by a distinctive brise-soleil, or a sunshade.  The top of the building holds a roof garden, adding a touch of nature to the otherwise drab concrete.  On the roof is also the cafeteria, which juts outwards, breaking through the skyline.  
  As a major administrative building, the Secretariat is the most heavily guarded location in the city.  It is the headquarters of the governments of Punjab and Haryana and was made to accommodate up to 4000 people.
  The Secretariat is located in the Capitol Complex in Sector 1 of Chandigarh.


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