Mud, the most natural of all building materials, has proved to be a sustainable option. There are still many homes in rural India which are typically made of mud. A classic example is that of all the faculty houses constructed of mud in Banasthali Vidyapeeth in Rajasthan.
- Mud is environmentally the most sustainable material.
- Its easy availability makes it almost a ‘no cost’ material, abundantly present, generally on the site itself
- It is also energy efficient and can be used to produce aesthetically very appealing structures
- Its unique plasticity that allows it to be molded, its texture and earthy feel lend its structures a certain timeless quality
- Buildings made of mud are also extremely comfortable, both in warm and cool weather, due to its thermal characteristics
Conceptually the material can be used to combine traditional elements in a contemporary context. The architecture strikes a subtle balance between technical appropriateness on the one hand and modern standards of services and space organization comforting to people on the other.