Carl Pruscha, an Austrian architect who mainly dedicated his professional career to investigate and work closely in the field of regional architecture in the eastern world, a territory that was being overlooked at a time when the modern movement in architecture and in the rest of the world was booming. Through an overview of his life, we will highlight some of his most relevant works in Nepal and Sri Lanka and understand how Pruscha managed to stamp his unique visions of architecture and cities into his built projects.
The CEDA Building has a strong relationship with its natural surroundings, the geography, and the history of the Valley. The building’s horizontal lines and terraces go along with the terraced fields of the site and the materials applied are those traditionally encountered in Nepalese construction: mainly brick and wood. It was one of Pruscha’s first built works that finally showed the combination of a modern building but that was still very much Nepalese.