CHETTINAD
Architecture
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On the ground floor, the architecture is typically Tamil, with the outdoor and inners verandahs (thinnai and pattalea), with the central courtyard surrounded by its puja rooms on each side, with the women’s hall and kitchen courtyard.
However one can also see western influences on the front façade and higher floors, with features of classical architecture.

chettinad architecture
chettinad architecture
Chettiand architecture
chettinad architecture
chettinad architecture
chettinad architecture

Streets in grid pattern with compound walls running around the properties are aligned of with the street axis, the houses are set back from this alignment and built with common height which seem to be inspired by both the Tamil science of space organization, the Vastu Chastra and by the layout of the colonial cities. Even if the façades of the mansions bear witness of personal extravaganza of rich merchants,  the Chettinad villages stand out with their remarkable unity in architecture and urban planning

For more details you can go through the web site of our NGO ArcHe-S

http://www.arche-s.org

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