Dhun will focus on materials which are locally available, ideally within a 100 km radius of the site. Architectural and environmental designs are guided first and foremost by the land itself, regenerating and preserving its integrity and beauty at every turn. We seek minimalist design solutions found across cultures and across time which are sustainable, resilient and considerate of the diversity of human behaviour.
Dhun aims to help reboot humanity’s developmental systems, favouring self-sustainability over technological dependence. We seek a new foundation that can be trusted. Technology is a great accelerator, but due to its constantly shifting nature, it is not inherently foundational. Instead, we look to the vast breath of cultural and material heritage found in every corner of the globe for the inspiration and guidance necessary to design a sustainable, resilient, inclusive and fulfilling future.
We seek not to make our mark upon the land, but rather to create an environment where the land can make its mark upon us. Our method of design follows the simple idea that the most beautiful thing you can put in a home is a window that shows the outside.
By incorporating the priceless beauty and ingenuity of our past into our contemporary process in novel ways, we not only preserve our heritage, but give it new life, purpose and relevance in the modern era. This idea of “living preservation” is at the core of this project, which marries modern design with ancient wisdom for a fresh, holistic approach that makes the best of what humanity has to offer. This short film documents the process of preservation and reintegration of India’s havelis—fantastically crafted, centuries-old buildings and homes that are in danger of being lost forever.