Statue of Unity - Gujarat, India

Inside the World’s Tallest Statue – Statue of Unity, Gujarat

Research paper: Statue of Unity - Logistical and Structural Design Challenges of the World’s Tallest Statue
Statue of Unity - Gujarat, India
Statue of Unity - Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel - Gujarat

Statue of Unity – Text and images from the research paper:

Logistical and Structural Design Challenges of the World’s Tallest Statue
Authored by
William Howell, Project Manager &
Jairam Panch, Vice President & Managing Director, Turner Construction;
Mandar Nadkarni, Associate Director, Meinhardt;
James Wisniewski, Senior Associate Architect, Michael Graves & Associates

Under the members of the Executive Committee of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (hereinafter referred
to as “SVPRET” or “the Trust”) a plan was implemented to construct a memorial site including the world’s tallest statue
commemorating the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. To initiate the design and construction, a joint venture (JV )
team was selected in 2011 for combined design, and project and construction management (PM-CM) services. The JV team
included Turner Project Management India Pvt. Ltd, with Michael Graves and Associates as the architects, and Meinhardt India Pvt. Ltd as the multidisciplinary engineers. The project comprises the 182-meter tall statue of Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a 3.5-kilometer highway connecting Sadhu Island to Kevadia, a hotel, a convention center, a memorial garden, and a Visitor Center.
“The key challenge of the structural design was to determine a structural system that could minimize large and undesirable movements inherent to the structure due to the shape and slenderness of the statue’s core, as well as adequately resist loads due to gravity, wind, and earthquakes while still allowing the legs and feet to be seen.”
Inside the World's Tallest Statue - Statue of Unity, Gujarat 2
Composite core wall elevations. Source: Meinhardt Group

Full research paper below:

[wp-embedder-pack width=”100%” height=”400px” download=”logged-in” download-text=”Download” attachment_id=”24379″ /]

Share your comments

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


The 100, Calicut, by Nestcraft Architecture

In this rural escape, The 100, Calicut, by Nestccraft Architecture, ensures a firm marriage between functionality and aesthetics and the planning suggests four bedrooms with attached toilets in a plinth area of 21OO square feet. The home and wabi-sabi landscape within this boundary facilitate meaningful life to 1OO souls.

Read More »

Pune – An Ever-Evolving Jewel

The essay traces the transformation of Pune from a quaint town to the vibrant city it is today. Mostly it is about the city’s aspects, which make it different and unique. The narrative reminisces about the city’s cultural richness and festive glory. It also points out a bit about the challenges posed by urbanization. But despite everything, Pune successfully retains its cultural essence, making it a city that preserves its glorious heritage while transforming.
This essay by Arpita Khamitkar is amongst the shortlisted essays.

Read More »

Reflection of Urban Inclusivity And Reality

The essay reflects on the author’s childhood memories centred around the Kohinoor Textile Mill. The mill, part of Mumbai’s Girangaon, played a significant role in the city’s industrial growth until the early 1980s. The essay fondly recalls the mill’s impact on the community, its cultural richness, and personal experiences. The author expresses concern about the loss of community identity and the impact of privatization, highlighting the need for sustainable urban development that preserves the city’s history. This essay by Pornima Buddhivant is amongst the shortlisted essays.

Read More »
The case of Phalke Smarak - Nashik

The case of Phalke Smarak

The essay titled, ‘The case of Phalke Smarak : Nashik’s untapped potential with existing urban public space’ – discusses how a promising urban scale public space project for Nashik city in the late 90s has slowly turned desolate, despite all the possibilities and potential the architectural design, site and overall context offers. It further tries to highlight the gap between the public and failed public spaces based on this case, and points towards public engagement for successful urban design, renewal and development. This essay by Asmita Raghuvanshy is amongst the shortlisted essays.

Read More »
The Good, the Bad and the Aesthetic - Bhopal

The Good, the Bad and the Aesthetic

This essay delves into how municipal corporations envision creating Western cities (instead of responding to the Indian context) and end up creating cities that only appear to work, instead of actually being more socially inclusive, dynamic and publicly active. The Smart Cities Mission then caters only to the rich and this becomes evident in not just the visuals they use, but also the manner in which they describe their vision of a World Class Infrastructure. This essay by Avani Mittal is amongst the shortlisted essays.

Read More »


ArchitectureLive! is hiring for various roles, starting from senior editors, content writers, research associates, graphic designer and more..