At the heart of the ancient city of Nagaur, one of the first Muslim strongholds in northern India is the fort of Ahhichatragarh, built in the early 12th century and repeatedly altered over subsequent centuries. The project for its rehabilitation, involving the training of many artisanal craftsmen, adhered to principles of minimum intervention. Materials and construction methods of an earlier era were rediscovered, paintings and architectural features conserved, and the historic pattern of access through seven successive gates re-created. The finding and restoration of the intricate water system was a highlight: 90 fountains are now running in the gardens and buildings, where none were functional at the project’s outset. The fort’s buildings and spaces, both external and internal, serve as venue, stage and home to the Sufi Music Festival.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Ahhichatragarh Restoration (Variant)
Design: 2005, Restoration: 1993-2008, Completion: 2008, Contructed: 12th century
Mostafavi, Mohsen, editor. Architecture is Life. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2013.
This book focuses on the unfolding of the qualities that connect
architecture and life. It highlights a series of buildings and projects located
within a diversity of cultures and geographies that make a significant
contribution to the understanding of our values and to the daily lives buildings
of their users.
The selected projects – shortlisted and premiated by the Aga
Khan Award for Architecture in its 12th
Cycle – address a variety of functions at a diversity of scales, from
residential to institutional, from public space to infrastructure. The ethos of
these projects is consistent with that of the Award: they all place an emphasis
onthe importance of design as an indispensable component of social
Essays by internationally recognised practitioners and
scholars address the broader context of contemporary architectural practice
with special reference to Muslim communities and geographies.
Source: Lars Muller Publishers and Aga Khan Award for Architecture