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Poetry in light – Maruti Mandir at Kalwan, Nashik by Shailesh Devi

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Maruti Mandir at Kalwan by Shailesh Devi Maruti Mandir at Kalwan

An unusual typology that seldom appears in the portfolio of any architectural practice. Temple plays a crucial role in the socio-cultural and spiritual life of human. Amidst a low rise housing community of a small village, the temple serves as an affordable and accessible asset for simple local people and remains an integral part of the local life system. Old temple structure was in a dilapidated state and thus arrive the need to build the new one. The new structure is set on the existing plinth and its rustic charm is maintained through the use of local stone that holds it all together.

Maruti mandir at Kalwan by Shailesh Devi

Although the complex is geographically and visually separate from the rest of the settlement, it relates with the precinct and is visible from most points in the vicinity.

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The stepped progression in the elevation is worked out to bring down the scale and monumentality of the temple structure in the complex that may otherwise dominate the setting. Thus, despite the prominence of this complex, at first glance the appearance of residential areas in such close proximity, the temple is not easily seen from outside its surroundings and the approach road, except from some particularly high vantage points.


Maruti mandir at Kalwan by Shailesh Devi

Exploratory and accommodative the design approach moves beyond form and function where establishing the interrelationship of built to open and physical to metaphysical plays a paramount role. The symphony of design is evolved out of several concerns such as addressing the diverse user groups effectively, creating design composition with judicious selection of elements in their appropriate form , scale and proportions and considering the social relations, interactions and movements of people as a vital aspect of the design and layout of the complex.

Careful handling of light and changing sense of enclosure creates a visually striking experience while one moves from entrance towards the core.

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1 Comment
  1. datyemukund says

    Hello Ar. Shailesh Devi
    I am Ar. Mukund Datye Please reply now on 9422253823 or 2463568 I want to congratulate you for the Maruti temple design

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