Would you like a short informal tour of the International House by one of its fans?? In this 10-minuter, Andi takes you on a quick tour of the Pavilion grounds…. Enjoy the ride!
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Irina, a former volunteer at International House, flew from Moscow to Goa and hitched a ride over to Auroville to check out the new dorm. She had only a day before flying off to Kuala Lumpur, but she was enthusiastic about the new dorm and the mobile house. “How did you do it so fast, and make it so cozy!?
The dormitory needed a steel scaffolding rented from Matrimandir because the original plan for a casurina pole structure proved unsafe. Since the building is three floors, the height is considerable, but the views of sunrise and sunset will be spectacular. Full palmyra tree trunks act as pillars which have now been placed on top of the concrete foundation pilings. There is a “crowbar” spike cast into the concrete onto which the wooden pillar is fitted. The pillars are lifted by a hand-operated chain pulley.
On the ground floor some infill walls are being poured with a mixture of waste polystyrene rescued from the Auroville landfill, some broken brick and cement. These walls are poured and rammed by hand between two removable shutterings.
We are missing now our best correspondent Carme, and now Raj and family have moved to another community so we are, for the moment, only the care-taking gang of Manu, Garima, Aiyana and B.
This is clearly the hot season, but the construction crew also continues in full force. The architect’s office has many recent changes as Mossain returned to Lucknow and Venu has shifted into some film work within Auroville. We have three new architects at work on various projects: Sairam, Dhruv, and Mayuri.
The first palmyra full tree trunk pillar is now atop its concrete base pillar as the dorm construction heads skyward.