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Mysuru Palace fine example of blend of cast iron and architecture: Prof Sowa

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Mysuru: “The Ambavilas Palace in Mysuru is an unique example of the combination of cast Iron and architecture”, said Prof Axel Sowa.

HH Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Foundation had organised talk on “Mysore Palace and Legacy of Cast Iron” at Wadiyar Centre for Architecture in the city on Saturday.

Prof Axel Sowa studied architecture in Berlin and Paris. After gaining professional experiences in Paris and Kyoto, he became the editor-in-chief of the international magazine L’Architecture d’aujourd’hui in Paris in 2000. After 10 years as a journalist in France, he was appointed as the professor of architectural theory at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

His research on cast iron elements of Mysore Palace is funded by DFG, the German agency for scientific research.

Sowa explained about the pillars and its inspiration, its evaluation and the influence of East and West on Indian architecture. Mainly the cast iron is being used as a building material since 18th century and onwards. The Mysuru Palace is an unique example of cast iron, its pillars and shields are so thin with high perfection.

Glasgo Saracen Foundry played a major role in the production of cast iron materials to build the structures. In the early days cast iron was used to mould jewellery. Later it was transformed as a part of architecture.

The famous Saracen 1911 catalog about cast iron has remarks about the cast iron used in building Durbar hall of Mysuru Palace. Even the fabricated materials used at Glass House in Lalbagh, Bengaluru has cast iron. Nowadays, technology is the reason behind depleting use of cast iron in buildings, as the steel has taken most of the share by its characteristics. However, when it comes to conservation aspects of heritage buildings, we can protect cast iron mouldings. Its beauty in artistic looks and delicate, Prof Sowa added.

Chairperson of the foundation Pramodadevi Wadiyar and trustees, heritage lovers and architects were present.

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