The promise of the museum is to educate visitors in Gandhi’s messages of tolerance and love towards non-violent conflict resolution that results in lasting peace. In today’s divisive political and social climate, no message is more pertinent. Gandhi’s message is universal and timeless.
The building is designed as a simple yet meaningful structure rich in symbolic detail. The planning grid for the landscape and building is based on Gandhi’s twenty-four spoke Chakra spinning wheel, the tool he used to seek independence from colonial rule. Twinkle lights planned in the lobby reflect 1000 Lights for Peace, the annual celebration hosted by the Houston Gandhi Library.
A simple material palette and exposed building structure are an honest and sincere expression of the structure, like Gandhi himself. In keeping with Gandhi’s respect for nature, the building is designed to minimize carbon footprint and meet LEED certification standards.