Indian Stone Step Temple / Sameep Padora & Associates

更新时间:2021-02-19 10:56:48点击:20731 International dynamics

The architect's task was to design a temple for the villagers near Nandyal. In the arid area of Nandyal, the main consideration is to provide a space that integrates the temple culture, the ecological framework around the site, and the dynamic functions. The dry natural canal system provides a direct environmental impact for the cotton and pepper countryside in the area.

Therefore, the temple's ecological strategy starts with the recharge of groundwater. The overflow of water in the limestone quarry leads to the formation of low-lying puddles, or ‘kund’: by building traditional Indian stone ladders, the waterfront is thought of as a social space; a series of steps leads down to the body of water. It can be seen from the stone staircase in the ancient city of Benaras that this way of realizing the dialogue between land and water through the staircase is an important part of India's architectural heritage.

The plan for the temple itself is derived from a 10th-century temple in Tirupathi, southern India, which enshrines the same deity. Similar examples are the temples and holy pools of Balaji and Varahaswamy. During the construction process, black limestone slabs that are easily available locally were stacked to form the main body of the temple. The same stacking profile is also applied to the lower part, where soil and plants are planted to buffer heat. Finally, the stones are stacked to form a stone ladder, which is a step leading to the water.

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