How An Architect Created A Combination Of History And Technology To Design Green Building
In times when construction is rampant and the impact of this construction adverse on the environment, the circumstances call for innovative methods to construct sustainable structures that are environmental friendly. The architecture of historical monuments is the best example of green buildings. These buildings, right from the selection of the building materials to design and till the completion of the construction, used and complemented the natural elements.
The elements of the architecture, the courtyards, clusters, wind towers, roof terraces and the stone lattices (Jali) were judiciously used for effective climate control and less dependence on the artificial lighting. The challenge is to combine the traditional ancient architecture with the modern technology, in order to achieve the high modern standards of contemporary times. A green or a sustainable building is one which uses the processes that are resource efficient. In short the green building is balance between a concrete structure and the environment.
An architect by profession, Vidur Bharadwaj, in his recent photo exhibition has tried to simplify the blend of the historical architecture and the modern technology. In his first solo art exhibition, named 'Soul in Structure', Bharadwaj with his works shows the amalgamation of the aesthetic architecture and modern art.
The canvas of his artworks is infused with the courtyards, terraces, verandas along with water bodies, wind and sunlight, which form the basis of all the 15 paintings in Mix Media. All his artworks are inspired and combined by the historical monuments and include the building in Delhi-NCR, combined with the historical monuments including Jag Mandir in Udaipur, remains of Mohenjo Daro civilization, Ghats of Benares, and Mughal architecture evident in Fatehpur Sikri. For instance, the painting titled 'Wipro, Gurgaon' is inspired by the architect's childhood memories of his grandparent's house, a haveli-style construction with courtyards and the windows.
Director of the architecture firm The 3C Company, Bharadwaj has been felicitated by the former president of India Late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam for developing the largest most environment friendly Platinum-rated LEED building in the world. The building is the office of Wipro Technologies located at Gurgaon. (LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a third-party certification programme facilitating and recognising green buildings worldwide.)
Another works of his include the IHDP campus in Noida. It is inspired by the Ghats of Benares. It captures the aarti time at the ghats and its spiritual environment. The house of the architect-cum-artist also features among the paintings, which according to him is a living being and should be able to breathe and sustain itself. This art exhibition can help blur the distance between the modern technology and the historical architecture.