60-70 years ago wood was a prominent structural material in Indian homes. On visiting
old heritage homes in India one can still see the wooden rafters and pillars that
form the main support structure. Wood from demolished old building is being recycled
all over the country. Growing population and fast depleting natural rain forests
made wood scarce and expensive in India giving prominence to steel, concrete and
bricks as main building materials. However, the aesthetic value, precise finish
and inherent beauty that personified wood based buildings were lost in the dim
and distant past to connoisseurs of fine living in India.
appears to be an apprehension in the minds for many individuals that wood is not
a very suitable material to build homes in tropical India. This question can be
answered by looking at some of the most prominent historical buildings in India
made from wood and still standing in immaculate condition after centuries.
Most famous of wooden palaces in India is the Tippu Sultan's summer palace in
Srirangapatnam around 70 km from Bangalore. This palace was built in 1778 and
is known for its aesthetic beauty and grandeur. The immaculate condition it stands
today after 200+ years never ceases to amaze a visitor.
example in India is the beautiful Padmanabhapuram palace situated 54 kms from
Thiruvananthapuram, in the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu. It is the magnificent
wooden palace built in the 16th century by the Travancore rulers. Padmanabhapuram
palace has a maze of 108 rooms which leaves a visitor breathless at the artistic
expression and sheer opulence of these magnificent rooms. Even the ceilings have
intricately carved floral patterns! The palace made of teakwood with granite foundation.
It displays a perfect combination of clean lines and gentle angles, the sloping
tiled roofs of its various interconnecting buildings broken by projecting gables
enclosing delicately carved screens.
Longevity of Wood and
log homes far outclasses the brick and mortar buildings. Wooden and log homes
are an investment which can be recovered after years of usage as wood is a recyclable
commodity and always has a value. Several old wooden structures dismantled in
urban areas fetch excellent value for their wooden rafters and pillars.