Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Shaam-e-Sarhad- A Rural Resort.

Shaam-e-Sarhad translated means 'sunset at the border'. This resort is a joint venture between Ministry of Tourism India and the United Nations.

Using the material available in plenty in this region- MUD, the artisans from the village of Hodka (Bhuj, Gujarat) have created this beautiful ecological & aesthetic architectural splendor.

The public sitting area in different levels is highlighted with various earthy colours.
This region is famous for it's 'Leeppan Kaam'-Mud-Mirror murals and 'Chittar Kaam'-Mud paintings. These have been used extensively in all the circular huts called the 'Bhungas'

Bright coloured fabric on the deck chairs.
Inside view of the 'Bhungas'. (Check out the floor to ceiling headboard in mud.)

A combination of traditional mirror work and modern bathroom fittings.

A canopy of brightly coloured fabrics form the ceiling and monochromatic earth colours form the dining area below.

(Images from Better Interiors- Feb2007)

Monday, February 05, 2007

Ecological Architecture.

Terracotta Walls, No paint, No conventional coverups, only muted earth tones.

This home designed by Chitra Vishwanath is an example of a 'building creating a positive impact on the land.'

Pic.No.1 The entrance to the house that blends with its lush green surroundings.

Pic No. 2 A circle of space in the terracotta wall of the back verandah. It frames the greenary beyond. ( how lovely!)

Pic No.3 The circular holes are used as shoe racks. (In India its customary to leave ones footwear outside the house)

Pic No. 4 Lot of open space and rough finishes with smooth ochre floor.

Pic No.5 An open Bedroom.

Very interesting. Earthy. Eco-friendly.

(Images from Better Interiors Magazine. February 2007 issue.)