TIBET- The place full of peace and spiritualism. It's the land remind us of colorful prayer flags fluttering over mountains producing a colorful and spiritual aura that swirls with the winds celebrating sacred Buddhism. In terms of architecture, Tibet has its own unique style which evolved over a time span of 4500 years under Chinese, Indian and Buddhist influences. They are designed beautifully in accordance with the temperature and climate, promoting local culture and folk heritage and consequently seeking great tourist attention. In this post we will limit our discussion to the characteristic architectural element of Tibet- " WINDOWS ". Read on about this amusing piece of art.....
Tarima, shanashil, shanshūl (شنشول) or rūshān (روشان), known with many names....MASHRABIYA is typically a type of beautiful Bay window masking the upper floors of a traditional Arabic building or an Arabic house. It is an integral part of Arab lifestyle since ages and an element of sustainable architecture ornamented with beautiful lattice work and occasionally with stained glass. This Islamic architectural feature shares a vast history dating back to 12th century and Middle ages. Historical records shows their presence in most part of the Middle Eastern cities, Baghdad, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Malta and other Saudi region. It was designed to ensure the psychological, physical, social, environmental and religious requirements of the time and place in which they appear. Given the elegance, artistry, practicality and multifaceted approach of Mashrabiya, they inspire various modern structures and architectural elements. So let's treat ourselves with a quick walk through the streets of Arab... and admire this heritage of Arabic architecture.
Going through some heritage Temple structures of Bengal, I came across a set of unique architectural element known as "Bengal Roofs" particularly "CHALA". It is a great example of Bengal's vernacular architecture having its roots back to 15th-16th century AD. The structure is first seen in Terracotta Temples of Bengal. BANGLA ROOFS are associated with late Mughal and Rajput architecture of Northern India. These temples showcase domes from Islamic architecture combined with very personal BANGLADAAR ROOFS shaping together traditional Bengali architecture. Read the full post to revisit the historical heritage these BANGLA ROOFS carries within itself.
We are bound with the imposing beauty of Indian architecture and one of its striking feature is "Jharokha". These are Bay Window projecting from upper stories of historical monuments of medieval era particularly in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya pradesh. Jharokhas are used extensively in Rajasthani forts, Havelis and Temple architecture