peckvonhartel were recently announced as one of six shortlisted local and international designer in a competition to design the Chancery extension at the High Commission of India in Canberra. peckvonhartel’s design for the new addition draws inspiration from the architecture of Fatehpur Sikri and the intricately carved surfaces of the Jain temples such as Ranakpur. The central hall recalls the stone screens that cool the air and transmit light and sound, casting shadows and light to signal time, as the sun moves from dawn to dusk. The challenge for all contemporary architecture is how to interpret and incorporate the existing traditions that inspire us, tapping into their cultural associations and material qualities, while responding to the influences of our own time and place. peckvonhartel presented our concept to the High Commission of India as part of the next round of the competition.