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Conservation And Reconstruction Of Timber Buildings

December 1, 2001, 3:30:00 AM

Dakshina Chitra museum in ECR, Chennai, founded and managed by the Madras Crafts Foundation, illustrates the vast and elegant tradition and culture of South India through traditional-style museums, vernacular-modelled, timber-constructed South Indian houses and open, walk-through spaces.

Benny Kuriakose, who in the later years carried out the design philosophy and vision of his mentor Laurie Baker, devised significant structural changes to the “Kerala houses” in Dakshina Chitra. This article records the architectural methods and style involved in the building reconstruction project.

Excerpt from the book “Dakshina Chitra, A Glimpse of South India.” Published by Madras Crafts Foundation.

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