Dakshinachitra

1996

DakshinaChitra paints a picture of the bygone culture and traditions of the Southern regions of the Indian peninsula. The living museum recites the stories of people through their art, craft and architecture. The Kerala section buildings such as the Syrian Christian house, Calicut House and a typical Kerala house, made entirely of wood, were transplanted to Chennai from different parts of Kerala. The contemporary concepts of the reception and the restaurant were designed to blend in with the traditional buildings surrounding it. While moving through DakshinaChitra, one becomes strikingly aware that all the spaces seamlessly connect and flow into each other, which can be seen in the pathway that leads from the reception to the restaurant via the gallery, the library, the amphitheater and the craft bazaar. The numerous verandahs make the transition between inside and outside very gradual. In addition to allowing light and fresh air into the built form, the courtyards become spillover spaces for various festivities and events. An elaborate system of sloping roofs of varying heights and levels encloses the building.

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