We are delighted to have been selected to provide auditorium, conference centre and technology design services for Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir (VCM), the world’s tallest temple under construction in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Vrindavan is the birthplace of Krishna and the spiritual capital of India. The project is the result of 30 years of work and investment by ISCKON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) who are managing the design and construction process.
ISCKON has built a design team with some of the world’s leading design firms. We were selected for our “world class pedigree, collaborative and creative approach” to auditorium planning and technology design. Brad Maiden, our project director for VCM, said, “This project presents a unique opportunity for Theatreplan to embark on a cultural journey, contribute to and learn from what will be one of the landmarks of collective human achievement in this region. We are honoured and proud to be a part of this amazing project. The VCM project also represents a significant strategic pivot for Theatreplan as we expand our entertainment, technology and customer engagement solutions into the APAC market. The VCM project is a major pillar of our innovative work in this region.”
The temple has a footprint of approximately 5 acres and rises to a height of about 700 feet (213 meters or equivalent to 70 floors) and a built-up area of 540,000 sq. ft. The temple is planned to be vibrant with various Sri Krishna-related festivals and religious activities throughout the year. These festivals will be accompanied by music concerts and other opportunities for performing arts. The temple will also feature a variety of social development programs including meal programs for millions of deprived children throughout India, and welfare programs. The total project footprint is set in 62 acres of land and will include 12 acres for parking and a helipad, as well as a variety of theme parks and performing arts facilities.
We will be responsible for auditorium planning including integrating interior design and acoustic requirements; conference centre design for government and ISKCON delegates; all associated technical infrastructure design including stage engineering, production lighting, sound and video integration.
Construction began in November 2014 with the first earth being turned by Indian president Pranrab Mukherjee. The temple is scheduled for completion in 2019.