INDIAN ARCHITECTURE AND ITS INFLUENCE ON BUILT FORM IN STONE TOWN ZANZIBAR
The East Africa coast is doed with ruined and surviving histor
ic towns of significant cultural importance which flourished at th
e height
of Swahili civilizaon from the 13th century through such as Lamu
, Mombasa, and Zanzibar among others. Some of the towns fel l i
nto
ruins or became transformed into modern towns depending on their
reacon to waves of change. The Indians who were merchants ply
-
ing the Indian Ocean were one of these waves. A lot has not been
done to recognise their significance to architecture in the tow
ns they
seled hence the need to study their contribuons in the Stone
Town, Zanzibar which was the capital trading town of the East Af
ricans.
The main method used to achieve the aims and objecves idenfied
was exploratory, finding out "what is" Indian Architecture in St
one
Town, Zanzibar concresing the architectural constants of Indian Architecture as idenfied in Chapter 2.
The cases selected were based on geographical region being Stone Town, the building typologies selected were residenal or desi
gned
for that purpose and they were to exhibit Indian embellishments.
The cases selected were
House No.
1844, M
alindi
Caravanserai
, Old
Ithnasheri
Dispensary.
The research was able to realise that the Swahili built form had
influences from the Indian way of building although this was no
t imple-
mented exclusively on a built form. Each and every case would exhibit different properes which were adopted and with the ca ses
se-
lected, it was able to capture different residenal typologies
with the different elements which make up Indian Architecture.
The study was able to capture the urban planning of the town,
street elevaons, different reside
nal typologies, elements adopte
d
which included doors, windows and balconies.
In conclusion a lot needs to be done to study deeply the architec
ture so as to substanate what is pure Indian architecture as
every cul-
ture has influences from different communies and civilisaons. The Indian architecture also has external influences from the Gree
ks,
Romans and the Brish.
The study was limited to studying residenal typologies and henc
e the study should be broadened to study other typologies li ke
mosques and temples and other public buildings.
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