UNESCO's Honorable Mention 2015 - Restoration of Parvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple, Pune

Heritage Architecture Dated:  Oct. 23, 2015
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UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2015

The restoration of Parvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple at Ganeshkind, Pune, India, has been recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2015 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. This project was carried out by 'Kimaya' Architects, Urban Designers, Conservationists, Interior Designers based in Chinchwad, Pune. The firm is headed by Ar Kiran Kalamdani and Ar Anjali Kalamdani, who have given a new-found prominence and vitality to a local religious site in Pune devoted to the elephant God. Wide-ranging stakeholders including devotees, local builders and specialists came together to abide by the accepted conservation standards, thereby ensuring the project fulfills the needs of worshippers. The detailed archival research and careful design, and sensitive rectification work in reversing inappropriate previous interventions has made the project commendable.

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2015UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2015
Source: Kimaya Architects

The Jury consisted of 8 international conservation experts, was convened from 15-17 June 2015 at UNESCO Bangkok to deliberate the project entries.

The winners were selected based on how the projects reflected a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, appropriate use or adaption, and the project’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local community’s cultural and historical continuity.

Ar Kiran Kalamdani said, “Several small temples are found in the city or in the villages around, that are not only places of veneration but public spaces that encourage chance encounters and are places to visit on festivals as a social ritual. The new found prosperity coming to surrounding communities often results in knee-jerk beautification or complete replacement of older parts that are connected to the history of the place. A balance needs to be struck between the building as a historic document and that as a house of faith. Both these temple demonstrate how this was done through research, documentation and a combination of traditional and modern skills.”

The Design

The use of traditional carpentry and masonary building techniques and materials to preserve dilapidated elements and replace earlier repairs has enhanced the temple's authentic character.

Parvathi Nandan Ganapati TempleParvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple
Parvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple at Ganeshkind, PuneParvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple at Ganeshkind, Pune
assembly hallAssembly Hall

For more pics, please visit: Parvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple, Pune

The discreet landscaping of the complex provides a fitting backdrop to the attractively restored shrine and assembly hall, with a holistic conservation approach.

site planSite Plan
Site Plan after RestorationSite Plan after Restoration

For more pics, please visit: Parvathi Nandan Ganapati Temple, Pune

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