Category: Religious

Award winning design: Baha'i temple, at Bihar, India, by Spacematters

Baha’I Temple at Bihar, an award winning proposal by Spacematters

Our winning entry for the Baha’I House of Worship in Bihar Sharif, India engages with the spiritual power of space and is based on the faith’s strong sense of spiritual oneness, equality and inclusion. It is poetic for us to be building the second Baha’i temple in India because our understanding of the power of space to inspire came from the powerful architecture of the first Baha’i temple in India, the ‘Lotus Temple’ in Delhi.

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Balaji temple at Andhra by Sameep Padora and Associates

Balaji Temple at Andhra Pradesh by Sameep Padora and Associates has achieved a very sophisticated level of abstraction: Praveen Bavadekar

The following critique for the Balaji Temple at Andhra Pradesh, an award-winning project designed by Sameep Padora and Associates, was shared by Praveen Bavadeker. Praveen Bavadekar is Principal at Third Space Studio.
The Balaji temple in Nandyal explores and abstracts the long tradition of the temple typology in India.

The architectural philosopher Andrew Benjamin wrote that every act of design was an act of repetition and that architecture is about exploring what not to repeat. This building too repeats or emulates certain tropes of the Hindu temple so that it is recognisable as a temple yet it doesn’t replicate those tropes but rather breaks them down to constituent parts to then again reconstruct it.

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Balaji Temple (Temple of Steps), at Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh, India, by Sameep Padora & Associates

Best New Public Building: Balaji Temple at Andhra Pradesh by Sameep Padora & Associates wins Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021

The brief was to design a temple for the residents of villages around Nandyal. In the dry terrain of Nandyal, the main concern was to provide a space which would marry the socio-cultural expectations of a temple with the ecological framework and dynamics of and around the site. The immediate context of Cotton and chilly farms in the region were fed by a natural canal system which had dried up.   – Sameep Padora & Associates

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Fish, Duck Eggs and Sticky Rice: The Lost Recipe of Ahom Architecture in Medieval India, by Shreyansh

Fish, Duck Eggs and Sticky Rice: The Lost Recipe of Ahom Architecture in Medieval India, by Shreyansh Barua,Yashovardhan Sharma, Nandini Biswas and Achirava Raha

Situated in the North-Eastern corner of India, lies the beautiful state of Assam. Other than being responsible for producing fifteen per cent of the global demand for tea, the state Assam has a long history, one that spans across battles, centuries, and dynasties. The North-Eastern corner of India was home to many small kingdoms, the largest of them is the kingdom of the Ahoms.

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