The Hawa Mahal

Jaipur is known as the “Pink City” for its many iconic facades made of richly hued sandstone.  The Hawa Mahal is one of the city’s most impressive attractions.  Built in the late 1800′s as an extension of the city’s Palace, mainly to incorporate the zenana, or women’s quarters, the Hawa Mahal is a magnificent architectural feat.

The shape of the building is inspired by the Hindu god Krishnu’s crown.  The honeycomb shape provided privacy for female inhabitants to view the streets of the city, without being seen themselves, and also helped cool the building, (hence the building’s epithet – “Palace of Winds”).  This aesthetic also provides an inspiring texture and stunning array of surface design for us to draw inspiration from here in the studio.  Here are a collection of images taken by Amy last year of the Hawa Mahal.

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