Conceptualized and executed by International designer architect.
Amid Prakriti Aalay’s natural habitat beside a perennial flowing stream with the Himalayas in the backdrop, our master architect Delia alias Didi Contractor envisioned a luxury boutique resort inspired by traditional aesthetics, vernacular architecture and ecological sensitivity. Didi is a pioneer in responsible eco-construction. She is inspired by her love of India and the natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh.
Didi, now a vigorous 85 plus, was born to a German father and an American mother, both Expressionist painters. Her first years were spent in Europe but she grew up in America. In America she studied art, trained as a painter and studied at the University of Colorado. In the early 1960’s, Didi discovered a career in decoration with the exciting assignment of designing the interiors for the legendary Lake Palace in Udaipur when it was first converted into a celebrated luxury hotel. Since the late 1970s, Didi has lived in the Kangra valley where she has built many distinctive Eco homes, clinics, retirement resort, craft center and large Institutes: Dharmalaya and Sambhaavnaa.
To minimize the environmental impact of building, Didi uses locally available materials. All of her projects explore the imaginative use of adobe– the sun dried mud brick traditionally used in the area–, Bamboo, and locally mined slate and stones. Her designs adapt vernacular techniques with elegance and utility to create structures that are full of beauty and surprise.
Didi has designed Prakriti Aalay as a True Eco responsible Destination. Standard of eco practices followed at Prakriti Aalay are far ahead of the leading global guidelines. Thus Prakriti Aalay is setting a benchmark in the entire region and is one of the very few properties in the country in responsible tourism with shades of bare luxury; while preserving and showcasing the rich vernacular architect.
In Prakriti Aalay, Didi provided a setting for a more consciously refined style of living, making use of both tradition and science to cherish the earth and celebrate natural diversity. In an interview, Didi said, “…the most valuable things are those we cannot buy, like love and sunsets. We have betrayed our relationship with nature. We should be ashamed that we are not leaving behind a better world.” At Prakriti Aalay Boutique Destination we hope to showcase ways to keep alive the beauty of the hills for future generations.