Tiruvannamalai is a small town in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu with a population of around 144,00. The whole town, measuring 16.33 km2 (6.31 sq mi), is built around the Annamalaiyar Temple, situated at the base of the Annamalai hills and comprises a multitude of state institutions.
Françoise Dorget and** Vincent Leroux** now explore some of the outstandingly unique architectural structures, situated in Tiruvannamalai, highlighting the creatives that have inhabited the small town from as far back as 1930.
These vibrant architectural structures are systematically situated amidst the confusion of this Indian city, its suburbs and even the countryside. Dorget writes that the houses are the work and choice of the families and one of the most impressive structures belong to a Brahmin priest. Although the exteriors of the buildings are purely for aesthetic provocation, the interiors are traditional and completely functional.
It is believed that for much of the 1960s and 1970s, Italian architect and sculptor** Ettore Sottsass** explored these very buildings whilst travelling throughout Southern India and the United States. It seems apparent that Scottass drew inspiration from the design of these bold structures.
Sottsass is well-known for his **Valentine Portable Typewriter **(1969) and was praised for his combination of bold design and functionality. In 1990, Scottass said;
"Everything has been made in India by small family businesses….it is clear that in every place I visited, there were people who saw the houses with great admiration….I regularly listen to the Indian voice… we should experience this determination without logic when we design".
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