“Vernacular Architecture is the use of local materials and traditional techniques for constructing low rise homes. As a principle, this form of architecture involves not using expensive and factory-made material but using old traditional ways of construction and material as much as possible,” explains Khalid Rehman, Trustee and Principal architect with CVAT. The style, design and technique of building such homes has a lot to do with skilled labour.
CVAT, founded in 2004, has constructed more than 100 vernacular homes in Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Palakkad (Kerala), and is currently working on 25 projects in South India. “Skilled labour is the most essential part of this form of architecture. Most of my labourers are from north Karnataka,” says Rehman. He cites the example of wire cut bricks used to build such homes, which demand precision in angle while laying them out.
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