Above is a drawing of a cross section through a step-well in Gujarat, India. I have written before about the step-wells in Gujarat (click here) and their magnificence. They amaze me and I have experimented (on paper) with their form, and principles in some of my design studies. In Gujarat (western India), rainfall is scanty and water sources are sacred. Tanks and wells were constructed on a magnificent scale and in large numbers. These step-wells look like palaces. The lower you go into the well, the cooler it gets…with wall replete with sculptures. It is estimated that there are at least 100 step-wells in Gujarat. On 26 January 2001 an earthquake rocked Gujarat and either destroyed or damaged monuments of Gujarat’s rich past.
Reference: The Guide to Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent by Takeo Kamiya
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