HATHIGAON - Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants
Jaipur, India
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Community housing for mahouts and their elephants in India

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Category:
housing
Phase:
in use
Design:
Rahul Mehrotra Architects
Updated:
28 May 2016
introduction

Hathigaon literally translates to 'Elephant Village'. Architecture is lot more than just service from human to human. When we talk of spaces for communities, it generates an empathy extended towards every being, as in this case – elephants.

Hathigaon - For mahouts and for their elephants

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Houses for elephants in Hathigaon

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cultural and social context

At such a juncture of contextuality, architecture deals empathetically. As Rahul Mehrotra, Founder of RMA Architects, the creators and deployers of this housing project, rightly said: ‘Our country certainly should not unthinkingly adopt western ideals when it comes to an architecture competition and instead look for local solutions. We don’t need your glass buildings and your eco labels in India.’ Thus, the design and deploy process was collaborative.

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materials and building techniques

The small dwellings are of 200 square feet. These are arranged in sets of four, wrapped around communal courtyards. Large courtyards and pavilions supplement the small spaces that are allocated in the budget for the essentially low-income housing project. These connect the small housing cluster and thus – add cohesion. The courtyard becomes part of the living space. All the houses have electricity and running water.

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earth and climate

Contextuality of the project is inevitably strong and hasn’t been ignored by the architect. The idea of regenerating the water resource in the dry climate of Rajasthan required deep thought and expertise in landscape design. There is a perceivable visual change in and around the site under threat within a span of just couple of years.

Water - Connecting the mahouts and the elephants

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Change in Landscape - Tropical Transformations

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View from highland - Hathigaon

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Man and Beast - A harmony designed by RMA Architects

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Ready for the routine - Shaded resting places for elephants

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technical drawings
Climatic Data_1

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Climatic Data 2

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Changing Topography and Waterbody

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Hydrological Flow of Site

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Planting Strategy

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Strategic Master Plan

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Topographical Analysis

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Planning through Understanding

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Planning

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Unit Planning

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Section - Hathigaon

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Site View - Hathigaon

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