Under the newly formed Corporation of Cochin comes the most important city of Kerala, even though the Capital of the state happens to be set in Trivandrum. It has got a population of 3.5 lakhs and an area of 83.524 sq.kms. The Corporation is formed combining the former municipalities of Ernakulam, Mattancherry and Fort Cochin, and certain other areas, and it lacks a centralized place, where the Corporation Council and the offices could be housed. It is to fulfill this spatial and symbolic need that the building which forms thee subject of this thesis project that is, a Corporation building for the city of Cochin is proposed.
(excerpt) Design Concept: "... The spirit of the design was evolved considering the loftiest ideals and aspirations of the city, which is its people. It is conceived as a symbol of the democratic set up of the city so as to fulfill the needs of the city corporation spatially, structurally, aesthetically and spiritually. The effort has been to evolve a simple and elegant solution in a beautiful setting, so as to enhance the sense of unity and combined ownership of the people. Thus the building becomes the manifestation of the democratic equilibrium between the people headed by their elected representatives and the administrative machinery operated by the officials ..."