Vernacular Style  Hemadpanti

Semester 4, Allied


Indian vernacular architecture has evolved organically over time through the skillful craftsmanship of the local people of various regions.The main aim of these vernacular structures is to tackle each and every problem that occurs in the region pertaining to the built environment, while using local techniques and materials, and achieve maximum human comfort.Thisexercise covered the study of Indian vernacular styles of houses.To study how different techniques of passive cooling and heating are being used in different climatic zones to ensure maximum human comfort, was also the objective.

Studying different local materials, local communities, finding correlations between vernacular architecture and sustainability and the significance of the same are some exercises that were a part of the elective.


Ar. Shardul Patil


The elective started with looking at different structures at different places which were planned and built accordingly, so that they respond to the site and the climate of the region. Hence, these structures have achieved kind of an identity of that local region. Also, since they were planned keeping the site and climate in mind, these structures provided maximum human comfort. Further as an exercise, we looked at structures in our native places that were built using local techniques. We discussed various types of structures like Kath-kuni houses of the northern region, Nalkettu houses from the southern region, Bhunga houses, Wada houses from Pune, Bohra houses and Hemadpanti style of architecture. We as a group studied the Hemadpanti style of architecture in which we documented the ‘ANANTPAL MANDIR’ of Latur and a regional house of Latur. We looked at the different details of the structure, like how columns took the load of the entire stone slab? Why there were less openings to the structure? We discussed these types of questionswith our mentor and compiled our analysis and research.
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