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This 2 BHK flat is in Prestige Bella Vista in Mount Poonamallee Road. The Area is 1340 sq Ft. It is located in 17th Floor. There are lifts available in this 18 Floor Building. The total plot area is 5 acres. The house faces East direction and over looks Garden. The building was constructed in 2016. There is 1 balcony. One closed car parking is available. The floor is Vitrified tiles. The house is Semi furnished. Kitchen is Modular Kitchen. This is a gated community and 24 hours security and Power back up for common areas is available. Amenities includes Yoga Aerobics Room, Children play area Creche Badminton Multi Purpose Hall Gym Super Market Table Tennis Squash Court Swimming Pool and Library. It is about two kms from Ramachandra Medical College. Click here
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Heritage conservation in Chennai has been a matter of concern for several years; and legal hurdles, public apathy, the lack of government intervention has led to the rapid deterioration of heritage structures. Experts point out that the city ranks lower than Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and even Pondicherry.
These other cities not only have policies in place and the active participation of INTACH, they also have dedicated conservation companies. Typically, these companies are involved in the rehabilitation, restoration, and conservation of heritage and historical structures, says Arun Menon, Convener, National Advisory Board, National Centre for Safety of Heritage Structures (NCSHS).
They develop a detailed project report (DPR) after an investigative phase that involves historical research and a scientific study on materials used. This document is the basis for the identification of items of work, costs, etc. A contractor is then hired, and the work executed under the supervision of the conservation architect. The work could also be awarded as a turnkey project to the architect.
In most cases, contractors with specialised skills are required to work with lime mortar, timber and joinery, traditional flooring and roofing techniques, sculptural and painting works, etc. “There hasn’t been a conservation movement in the city. We do not even have a legislation to protect heritage structures,” says Menon.
Conservation practice stems from a deep-rooted passion and love for history; a degree in conservation is secondary. Ranee Vedamuthu, Professor of Architecture, Anna University, says the many architects involved in conservation are driven solely by interest. “Chennai lacks these practices and that’s one reason why there is no awareness of conservation management.”
City-based conservation architect K. Kalpana, who handled the restoration of the Senate House, says the first step in restoring a structure is roping in experts to understand the various aspects of building failure. “The older the building, the more technically and financially complicated its restoration; and basic architects or engineers cannot assist in conservation management. In most cases, it is the government or institutions who own heritage structures, and the way authorities approach the restoration of an old building is wrong — only symptomatic repairs are done by local engineers.”
A few age-related issues are remediable and can be handled with the right approach. Understanding the older materials used is important because replacing them with contemporary materials doesn’t work.
Heritage structures in the city don’t have a public interface and this is the larger issue. Most government offices are housed in heritage structures and are accessed by thousands of people each day. “There is little effort to educate or create awareness among visitors,” says Vedamuthu. Take, for example, the College of Engineering building at Guindy. The college campus used to have its own electricity generation unit; a powerhouse. “This is engineering heritage. Today, the building is dilapidated and aspiring engineers do not know what they have in their midst.”
Most structures can be revived by just cleaning them and improving the access ways around them. Anna Salai, dotted with many heritage buildings, should be declared a National-Important or ASI-Listed Road, or Heritage Road, suggests city-based architect Xavier Benedict. Vehicular movement along the stretch should be restricted on certain days and cycling encouraged. “All heritage buildings should be tagged with a ‘mark of importance’ that highlights its historical significance. The introduction of a heritage bus for tourist would be beneficial too.”
Conservation is an expensive process and structures must be reused keeping in mind their original functionality. It has been proven world-over that the maintenance and upkeep of heritage structures is possible.
Even in India there have been cases of mills being converted to office spaces or old buildings into retail spaces. Sujatha Shankar, practicing architect and convenor of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), Chennai Chapter, says, “A ‘space audit’ is necessary for each of these buildings. This is basically a study of how the building is utilised now, and how it can be put to productive use.”
Most buildings are notified heritage properties, and they can be revived by adding conveniences such as pedestrian friendly spaces, landscaping, and parking spots. If this is done without hampering their heritage value, it will not only extend the life of the building but also retain the integrity of the structure by putting it to use. Owners of individual properties must be given the freedom to reuse or redevelop their structures while following a set of guidelines. Kalpana points out that while only a few structures in the city have been reused, educational buildings form a majority of Chennai’s heritage buildings. “Most of them are over a century old. These buildings have deteriorated over the years and lost their charm due to the lack of funds and expertise.”
Menon says this is definitely a way of prolonging the useful life of heritage structures and only with regular use and regular maintenance protocols can any structure’s loss of serviceability be slowed down. He suggests a model for adaptive reuse and management that provides tangible economic benefits to the owner and the city. Such a plan will prevent misuse of heritage structures.
There have been talks of implementing the TN Heritage Commission Act, pending for years. Meanwhile, a lot of destruction of heritage structures ha already occurred. As Vedamuthu points out, Mylapore has great heritage value but there has been no architectural control of the new buildings in the area. The city must begin somewhere and begin soon.
Source The Hindu NIDHI ADLAKHA
One of the reasons most of us love hotels, apart from room service, is the plush inviting bed. It’s a bed that invites you to sit back and peruse the papers, enjoy breakfast in bed and snooze. Is it possible to get this veritable cocoon at home?
Any kind of bed requires a good mattress, pillows and bed linen. You can also add a mattress pad, a fitted sheet, duvet/blanket/comforter and accent pillows.
Bed skirts and bed runners are optional but they score big in the style sweepstakes.
Get the best mattress based on your budget. The most important consideration is comfort; one that’s right for you is a mattress that you lie in, not one you lie on or sink into. Experts say it should support your entire body and keep your spine in the same position as when you are standing in a good posture.
Choose the right pillow, be it firm or downy. It must comfortably provide support to the head and neck, and shouldn’t deflate or lose fluffiness easily. Sleep expert and chiropractor Rick Loos in an interview said that “a pillow needs to be designed to support your neck”. Look for one that fills the gap between your head and your shoulders in your favourite sleeping position.
The little extras
Take the time out to iron your bed linen. A pressed bed sheet looks and feels different from a crumpled one. An extra flat sheet slipped under the blanket looks great. Add a bed skirt if it goes with your room décor. Centre and ensure that the edges are even at the foot and sides.
The hotel secrets
A mattress pad – also known as topper – takes a regular bed to a hotel-standard one. Made from foam, it provides a layer of comfort and warmth. Add a fitted sheet – larger than needed – to ensure that your bed wears it well and it can be tucked in tightly.
Making the bed
After you lay the bed sheet, centre the flat sheet, keeping an equal overhang on either side. Add the blanket or covering sheet; keep its bottom and side edges as even as possible with the sheet. Tuck in the flat sheet and the blanket together. Turn down the sheet and blanket tops, fold about 12 to 18 inches and tuck the long edges under the mattress along the sides.
Pretty things up
Stack pillows and cushions on the headboard. The pillows you sleep on go first and can be accentuated with colourful throw pillows. A pretty bed runner adds a hotel-like finishing touch.
Source The Hindu TEJA LELE DESAI
His inclinations are totally green; as for his structures, they are unquestionably organic. Civil Engineer P.K. Sreenivasan, of Vasthukam, with his passion for design, decided to go beyond construction, learning the techniques of design from master architect Laurie Baker. His buildings, besides using exposed bricks, are predominantly constructed using mud sourced from the site and surrounding locations, combined with locally available materials.
His constructions reveal a total absence of steel, with even the use of RCC being rare and minimal. His technique is chiefly rammed earth or Cobb with mud plaster. Some of his projects also use sun-dried bricks. Since the varieties of the mud sourced from the sites and surrounding locations can be of varying types, the raw mud plaster of his structures reveal different hues depending on the colour of the mud used.
The walls are totally bare of paint, with only the mud colours bringing in the natural hues to an enchanting structure that blends so finely with the green surroundings. Given his intense green sentiments, his structures also incorporate a sizeable amount of recycled elements such as doors, windows, and wooden columns sourced from old houses that have been demolished. The locally available wood and stone feature aplenty along with the recycled elements.
Riot of colours
Interestingly, his buildings, though bereft of paint, reveal varying hues. Says Sreenivasan, “The mud varies in colours depending on the location and sometimes even within the same site. But the colours are natural with no pigments added.” In one of his projects, Sreenivasan created an arresting pattern akin to a wave on the interior walls by using soil of different shades. Artistic impressions were created by using the simple technique of leaf prints on the mud plaster.
Typically the mud plaster comes in two layers, with the first layer done with a mixture of mud and small portion of sand and an even smaller portion of cement for stabilising. The first layer offers a rough texture as a bit of rice husk too is mixed. The second layer comprises a very thin layer of mud plaster made of clay, finely sieved sand, lime and little cement that creates a fine smooth finish.
Incidentally, a sizeable portion of the mud sourced is from waste soil. Says Sreenivasan, “Typically when a well is dug, the soil thrown out comes in different colours depending on each layer. This soil is invariably thrown out as waste. But this fine soil is excellent for use as mud plaster and their varying shades accentuate the beauty of the final finish.”
Sreenivasan believes in opting for equally unconventional organic methods for flooring, with the floors in his projects using natural materials and old world methods of treatment. Oxide floors in different colours are predominant in his structures. Some of the floors display black oxide, where the colour is derived from using burnt wood powder.
Given that most of his projects prevail in Kerala where the presence of coconut trees is abundant, his structures use coconut wood in plenty. “Coconut wood is not only strong but lasts over 100 years. Coconut wood from a 60- to 70-year-old tree past its fruit bearing years was traditionally used but unfortunately not many opt for it now even though it is cheap, strong and long lasting”, laments Sreenivasan.
His inclination to bring natural light and ventilation into the interiors is equally strong in all his buildings, the orientation as well as the copious presence of jaalis ensuring this. It is customary to believe that an organic mud plastered structure may be low on grandeur and aesthetics. But in Sreenivasan’s projects, arresting murals, gorgeous antique doors combined with sunlit courtyards, and red slate floors give a charming aura to the organic structures.
Source The Hindu
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