A site that is the essence of Hampi - the Tungabhadra river in the background, boulders, coconut, and banana plantations in the foreground and the jewel in the crown - a 15th century Shiva temple - the Soumya Someshwar temple on the far corner of the site.
Our design for a visitor's centre to orient people to the architecture of Hampi, before they encountered the temple on the site, was a thought - provoking exercises. The design uses no cement or steel - only natural stone, wood, banana fiber and coconut fronds. The plan is a series of open pavilions gently leading towards the temple. The centre is thus a journey -of acquaintance & learning, surrounded by the famous Hampi landscape, with the overhangs of the pavilions capable of shutting the pavilion down at night - safe from dusty winds & animals.