ARCHITECTURE, ECO-DESIGNS

10 FEATURES OF SUSTAINABLE “MASHRABIYAS”

The marvelous Mashrabiyas of Arab are not just an aesthetic element but they have many others roles to play in architecture. Here are the 10 features offered by these beautiful sustainable Mashrabiyas -

ARCHITECTURE

“MASHRABIYAS”- AN ARAB HERITAGE

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.

ARCHITECTURE

“JHAROKHA” – A TRADITIONAL BAY WINDOW

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