THE RAMMED EARTH COMPANY
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Mr. Rakesh Vesta & Mr. Dilip Rathor along with Mala Rathor & Jaysingh Vesta formed “Layers” – the rammed earth construction company. Mr Rakesh Vesta first came to Kutch as a member of migrant labor influx from Madhya Pradesh immediately after the earthquake in 2001. Since then he has been associated as a building artisan in various projects implemented by Hunnarshala. While executing projects Hunnarshala trained the building artisans in earthen technologies. Mr. Rakesh Vesta wanted to specialize in rammed earth techniques, so he was involved in rammed earth projects and provided the know-how. Later he was encouraged and mentored to start a partnership company that offers services of constructing rammed earth walls.

Role of hunnar shala:

Hunnarshala has been involved as a mentor for this team. Hunnarshala is a not-for-profit organization working towards achieving the following objectives:

 

  • To understand existing traditional knowledge, validate them through research initiatives and link it with the contemporary application through local artisans and education initiatives.
  • To promote eco-friendly, cost effective and low energy building designs, materials and techniques, which have glimpses of local culture and aesthetics.
  • To work towards environmentally sustainable towns and villages, which promote local management and control, empowerment of the local community and ensure dignified living for citizens by providing basic housing and services.
  • To responds immediately and appropriately to disasters by providing guidance to the affected communities through owner driven construction approaches.

Hunnarshaala, as an organization always supports experimenting with new technologies and believes in empowering the building artisan community. The building artisans who associate with Hunnarshala are trained and educated to enable them practice these technologies independently. The number of possibilities with this system has been growing and evolving with each project. After being part of this wonderful journey the artisans feel confident and encouraged to start their own enterprise.  

The office building is an amalgamation and a contribution from several master artisans and architects who have worked with Hunnarshala over the las...

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Hunnarshala Office C...

The office building is an amalgamation and a contribution from several master artisans and architects who have worked with Hunnarshala over the las...

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Foundation of ecolog...

FES is an organization committed to strengthening, reviving or restoring, where necessary, the process of ecological succession and the conservatio...

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GIDC

Sardar Nagar is a relocation site developed for the earthquake affected poor families of Bhuj city. Hunnarshala developed the master plan for t...

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Relocation of banni ...

This project helped 1456 nomadic and Meghwal families build their homes. The traditional Bhungas (circular rooms) on extended plinths was adapt...

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Residence of Vishal ...

This residential project was designed by Mr Dhaval Mistry and Vishal Mehta. Their awareness about the benefits of the rammed earth wall constructio...

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M.B.Farm House

M.B.Farm house is a residential project in Ahmedabad. The project was designed by Mr. Sanjay Punjabi. Different sizes & thickness of rammed...

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Karigar shala Hostel...

Karigar shala is a training facility center developed under the guidance of Hunnarshala in Bhuj where they educate, promote & motivate the skil...

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Public installation ...

In 2013, Chief Minister of Gujarat planned to celebrate the Gujarat day in Navsari in southern part of Gujarat. The place is best known for the sal...

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Setu office

Setu is an NGO which works with community empowerment. The NGO’s main office building was designed and constructed by Hunnarshala. Being ...

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Our Associations

HUNNARSHALA is engaged in developing
technical guidelines for traditional
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Span is a proprietor firm which
designs and constructs space frame systems
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Mathachhaj is a partnership firm
which produces and installs thatch roofs
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“Woodgrain- a hand joinery unit”
is a proprietor firm based in Bhuj-Kutch.
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