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Shambhu Niwas Palace
Shambhu Niwas Palace
Shambhu Niwas Palace
Shambhu Niwas Palace

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

The objective was to recreate the Palace ambience for historic continuity and authenticity, with owner as the guide; to make minimum, but appropriate, interventions while facilitating the complex present day needs of the owner. The project was treated more as a source of knowledge rather than a source of continuity. In 1988, Arvind Singhji met Parul and Nimish of Abhikram and asked them to participate in the renovation of the palace complex and its adaptive reuse in the contemporary context. He agreed with Abhikram s perception that any alteration to the palace complex represents the continuing traditions of the last four centuries, and therefore has a greater responsibility towards its context than other similar works elsewhere. The restoration has been carried out by traditional craftsmen using technologies which have been handed down through the generations. It is an extremely slow process involving many disciplines of design, knowledgeable for each discipline are sought and given the freedom to understand and experiment before expecting them to deliver the desired product.

The palace complex and its craftsmen area large repository of knowledge of materials and techniques of construction / restoration, and represents the record of the development of the past four centuries, for anyone to study.

The Palace which had not been used for four to five years, has been attended to in minute details in terms of colours, fabrics, textures, historic paintings, artifacts, trophies etc., balancing between range of objects and the overall congruence, to match the contemporary needs.

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