On Sunday, 17th September 2023, the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the Rs 5,400 crore visionary project – the India International Convention Centre (IICC), named YashoBhoomi in Dwarka. It was also the PM’s birthday. This state-of-the-art Convention Centre is designed by CP Kukreja Architects
India is poised to take a giant leap forward on the global stage with the completion of the India International Convention Centre in Dwarka (YashoBhoomi). This monumental project, spanning 225 acres and boasting 1,22,00,000 square feet of built-up area, represents a paradigm shift in architectural design, sustainability, and urban integration. Located in Dwarka, New Delhi, IICC is India’s largest convention and exhibition centre. IICC offers a mixed purpose tourism experience with the best location, convenient transportation, as well as various commercial facilities.
A Hub for Economic Growth – Despite India’s sustained economic growth, the exhibition industry has not kept pace with urban development in the capital city. Recognizing the need for a space that catalyzes economic activities and showcases India’s achievements on the international stage, the India International Convention Centre has been conceived as a smart and efficient mixed-use urban development. This visionary project celebrates India’s growth by juxtaposing varied developments, including exhibition, convention, retail, hospitality, offices, and museums, catering to both domestic and international exhibitors. Envisioned as a Central Business District (CBD), the design pays homage to Indian culture and tradition while embracing the forward-looking ambitions of the nation. Multiple access points create connectivity with the urban context, seamlessly integrating the project with its surroundings.
Dikshu Kukreja, Managing Principal, CP Kukreja Architects, the brain behind the iconic project says “The architecture and design of IICC or YashoBhoomi is an epitome of innovation and sustainability and showcases India’s design prowess on the International stage as second to none. A first of its kind urban-scale Mixed-Use development, the state-of-the-art Convention Centre, the IICC is now the new international benchmark putting India on the global map”
Unprecedented Features – One of the Largest Convention Centres with a capacity to host 10,000 people at once, this state-of-the-art Convention Centre is Asia’s 2nd largest and the 3rd largest globally. Its revolutionary Indoor Arena is India’s first 20,000-seater indoor arena with a retractable roof will be a world-class venue for various events. Most importantly, the project adheres to Green building principles and aims for IGBC Platinum rating standards, setting new benchmarks in sustainability.
Urban Integration – Strategically located adjacent to the International Airport and at the crossroads of Gurgaon and Delhi, the project creates a major Transportation Hub, enhancing public connectivity. Government initiatives foresee this mega-scale urban project as a catalyst for industrial growth in India and a global MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) destination.
Innovative Architectural Features – The Convention Centre is crowned with what is poised to be the world’s largest LED Video Wall, specially engineered for this iconic project. The Exhibition Hall features a 4,200-seater auditorium with retractable seats and stage area, serving as a versatile multipurpose space. The sustainable design approach includes waste recycling, efficient waste management, and abundant use of solar energy.
Promoting Indian Architectural Sensibilities – The project seamlessly integrates traditional elements such as jaalis, stepped wells, and lotus motifs with contemporary design, creating an architectural masterpiece. Walkability, green boulevards, and water features are central to the landscape design, promoting user interaction and enhancing the micro-climate.
A Showcase of Sustainability – This project is set to propel India as a leader in sustainable design practices, showcasing innovation and engineering excellence. It represents a mini-cityscape thriving as an urban biodiversity oasis in the heart of the city.
About Dikshu C. Kukreja – Harvard-educated Dikshu C. Kukreja is the Managing Principal of CP Kukreja Architects, one of the world’s largest architecture and urban design firms and ranked amongst the top 100 design firms in the world. Dikshu Kukreja is a noted expert on urban and environmental issues and has worked as an advisor with state and national authorities on various issues. He has been selected as the ‘Young Icon of the Decade’, ‘Best Citizen of India’, ‘Face of 21st Century Architecture in India’, and featured in ‘Who’s Who of Asia’. Most recently, Kukreja can be seen on ‘Tale of Two Cities’, a revolutionary talk show on WION, where he brings conversations around cities and urbanisation to the mainstream.
About CP Kukreja Architects – CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA) is one of the world’s largest architecture and urban design practices with offices in India, Vietnam, Japan and the USA. Founded in 1969 in Delhi by the Late CP Kukreja, and currently helmed by Managing Principal Dikshu C. Kukreja, the award-winning firm’s work is rooted in contextuality and driven by a sustainable approach reinforced through innovative technologies.