De­sign in progress

A few build­ings that have suc­cess­fully blended the new ma­te­rial knowl­edge with the science and art of tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture, and are ben­e­fit­ting from it

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HUN­NAR­SHALA FOUN­DA­TION CAM­PUS Lab­o­ra­tory for ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture

THIS IS a place where ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tects from across the coun­try build dwellings that are safe, con­sume less en­ergy and have an essence of lo­cal craft and cul­ture. It also pro­vides a plat­form for stu­dents, ar­chi­tects and en­gi­neers where they can learn the sus­tain­able way of build­ing spa­ces from the ar­ti­sans.

Each ar­ti­san com­mu­nity con­structs a build­ing in the cam­pus, us­ing eco-friendly ma­te­rial and tech­nolo­gies, such as ce­ment-sta­bilised and un­sta­bilised earth, stone, thatch, sta­bilised rammed earth, re­cy­cled coun­try tile for roofing, com­pressed sta­bilised earth blocks and re­cy­cled and waste wood. Hun­nar­shala val­i­dates their rich tra­di­tional knowl­edge which helps them im­prove on it and mar­ket it. One such ex­am­ple is floor­boards made out of waste wood.

These tra­di­tional and in­no­vated tech­nolo­gies are of­fered to peo­ple who want to im­ple­ment them in their build­ing de­signs. Any­one vis­it­ing the cam­pus can see and ex­pe­ri­ence how these eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als have been in­cor­po­rated in a build­ing and how com­fort­ably the spa­ces are being used for pro­fes­sional work. The live ex­pe­ri­ence makes it easy for po­ten­tial clients to se­lect a tech­nol­ogy for their build­ing.

HUN­NAR­SHALA FOUN­DA­TION LO­CA­TION Bhuj, Gu­jarat COST Ap­prox­i­mately 6,700/sq m IN­NO­VA­TION Build­ings in the cam­pus are made with eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als and tech­nolo­gies, right from sta­bilised earth to stone and thatch

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