LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

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Sacred and Profane in India

Water treatment infrastructure

The project, located on the edge of the Ganga River in Varanasi imagines a new typology of water purification infrastructure that transcends mere utility.

Technical requirements are combined with places for social gathering and cultural rituals, in a set of carefully designed architectural interventions at the threshold between river and land.

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Sacred and Profane: Yantra – Infrastructures of the Sacred and Profane
Next Generation prizes: The future is in their hands
“Infrastructure as more than a mere servant to utility”
Project Entry 2017 for Asia Pacific
Project Details
Varanasi, India
Vedhant Maharaj
Main Author
Vedhant Maharaj
Rebel Base Collective, South Africa
"Next Generation" 2nd prize 2017
Asia Pacific
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“Merging sustainable infrastructure with sociological patterns of ritual” – Sustainable design by Vedhant Maharaj
“Merging sustainable infrastructure with sociological patterns of ritual” – Sustainable design by Vedhant Maharaj

A complex water purifying infrastructure in the historically significant landscape of Varanasi aspires to be part of a …

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