From conventional to creative: Alternative roofing

Date: DECEMBER 2023

Learning about alternative roofing systems is a reflection of our region's architectural heritage and its response to the local climate and water scarcity challenges. While they have traditional roots, modern building practices and materials could be incorporated to enhance their functionality and longevity while preserving their cultural significance.

A Madras terrace roof, also known as a Madras terrace or simply a Madras roof, is a traditional architectural feature commonly found in South India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a unique and culturally significant roofing style often used in residential and some commercial buildings.

Students discovered the art and science of building a Madras terrace in the unique setting of Auroville, India. This one-week workshop offered students the opportunity to delve into the world of vernacular alternative building techniques, drawing inspiration from Auroville's innovative and eco-conscious architectural landscape.