Harnessing Traditional Wisdom

Indigenous architecture is a sustainable amalgamation of traditional wisdom, using eco-friendly materials and local masons; the idea is to create a climate-sensitive habitat that caters to contemporary needs

By Ar. Anurag Pashine & Ar. Pallavi Pashine, Founder of Salankar Pashine and Associates

Indigenous architecture is all about exploring new ideas and technologies while staying true to its roots. Today, it has not only influenced, but also adapted to modern structural design, and added another dimension in the realm of architecture. Having allowed the forging of a new balance between technology and tradition, indigenous architecture opens up endless opportunities and gives creative freedom to the design and architecture of a building, without losing the identity of the place nor the essence of time. By remaining relevant in the context of modern-day requirements, while imbued with the richness of Indian culture and tradition, this balance allows for a harmony between man, building, and the built environment.

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Today, there are numerous architects like us who are delving into this architectural ideology. For instance, the Vishal & Janki Muttemwar residence refurbished by us, is inspired by Indian vernacular art and architecture. It encompasses a mélange of tints, shades, and hues, and has an earthen grandeur, peppered with a classic touch. Though doused in myriad colors, it is yet austere and rooted in sound architectural principles, and depicts a contemporary yet minimalistic style.

The project seamlessly blurs the boundaries of exterior and interior, retaining the natural aspects of the site and its responsiveness to its surroundings. The contemporary design style typically offset by neutral colors has a blend of textures and materials which manifest the exact point between modern and bucolic. The interior décor is offset by accent pieces like a crystal chandelier, partitions of carved wooden panels, and other elements that enhance the vernacular design.

Indigenous architecture

Many modern architects design huge towers using metal and glass, which stand out from their context. There is a need for ingenuity and respect towards the building materials, style and aesthetics, and their correlation with technology. This integration should allow for the elimination of any extravagant additions, misuse of space, and irrelevant features.
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