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On Conservation

Conserving Our Heritage

Our approach to conservation has evolved over many years of experience conserving a wide variety of historic buildings from palaces to synagogues. We have evolved a sensitive approach that extends not just to conserve the historical structures but also the design of new adjacent buildings and extensions which are designed to work harmoniously with the current building without blindly mimicking it.

Exterior View of the Paliam Palace after conservation.

We have to cater a unique approach to each project as each project has its own unique characteristics, goals and set of priorities to consider. We have to proceed with careful research, inspections, and reflection and follow a careful set of processes from start to finish so that the historical character of the building can be expressed in the best way possible. This approach could involve a mix of preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or reconstruction and we take a very considered and measured approach in achieving the best possible outcome. We also see conservation as developing the architectural sphere through adaptive reuse and as a means to create more sustainable architecture while preserving the building’s inherent heritage and historical values. These ideas are unfortunately not yet mainstream in India and our built heritage is disappearing rapidly and our mission is to change the direction we are taking because once it is destroyed it is almost impossible to recover it.

Exterior View of the old Kerala House after conservation
Exterior view of the oldest mosque in India, Cheraman Juma Masjid

Cheraman Juma Masjid - Conservation of the First Mosque to Be Built in India

The conservation of historical buildings often has intangible effects on the local population. It is merely not aesthetic enhancements that come into play but it creates a meaningful historical throughline and connects us to the past and creates a sense of belonging in the present. Conservation can educate and help preserve intangible heritage and knowledge and from our experience, it can teach us how to create better spaces and better more sustainable architecture.

Exterior View of the house where the freedom fighter Abdul Rehman Saheb was born after conservation.

Abdul Rahiman Sahib Museum - Restoration of a Double-Storied Nalukettu Building

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