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The Chand Baori - The most beautiful Well!

Reinventing - A new purpose for the forgotten stepwells of India

Can a  simple thing like a well while functioning as a well (well what else!) be beautiful as well? Meet Chand Baori- Built-over a thousand years ago, the step-well of "chand baori" in Rajasthan is still an architectural mystery. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world and also one of the, if not the most beautiful ones. Composed in a perfect square geometry with steps on three sides and living quarters penetrating into the earth on the fourth side, creates a magical maze and precise geometric pattern which evokes interest and curiosity in the viewers. The ancient idea to create a comfortable living environment during the days of harsh sun, led to building this cellar rooms which have an in-built temperature control system. The square geometric pattern is repeated into 3500 steps which go down deep into the water-tank.

The steps are designed to create a pattern that evokes a different play of light and sh…

Designing Aesthetically Functional