The National War Memorial, India Gate

The National War Memorial is India’s first war memorial to commemorate wars and conflicts since 1947. Situated in the heart of the capital at the India Gate C-Hexagon, the memorial will be spread over approximately 40 acres, and have a 15-metre-high obelisk at its centre. Names of martyrs killed in wars in 1947–481961 (Goa)1962 (China)196519711987 (Siachen)1987-88 (Sri Lanka)1999 (Kargil), and other Operations will be inscribed on a memorial wall. 

Ishan Khosla Design LLP was commisioned by Webe Design Lab, Chennai, to design the Identity and Wayfinding system for National War Memorial.

The identity designed for the National War Memorial is emblematic of the sacrifice and service of the Indian Armed Forces. The identity is based on the concept of 'service stripes', which are representative of a soldier's service to the nation. The stripes along with a combination of stars, Lion of Sarnath (National Emblem) badges, crossed sabers, and crossed batons in a wreath, fouled anchor badges, combination of chevrons, and wing symbols are used to demarcate the rank insignias of enlisted persons.

The MoD specified six design guidelines for the proposed memorial. First, that the design “respect the sanctity of the Central Vista and India Gate as national assets, and as a major open space for Delhi.” Second, it said the design “should pay more attention to landscape based interventions rather than any major construction except for commemorative wall, platforms and minimal public utilities”. Third,  the planned memorial “should not disturb the existing layout of Rajpath and its monuments.” Fourth, that the memorial provide unhindered access to the public. “It should have space for people who would like to spend some time peacefully to pay their respect and honour the memory of the soldiers,” the proposal noted. Fifth. the height of any built component of the Memorial should be below the human eye level”, and not be more than 1.5m. corresponding to road level. Finally, the memorial “should be planned to suitably connect the two lawns (II and III) and across with the proposed War Museum (Princess Park).