Measurement of four buildings
Before we can start renovating we need architectural drawings of the existing situation of the buildings. It is not possible to make plans for renovation and receive cost indications from a contractor without those drawings. Architectural drawings were made of Headquarters Building and Raja House, the Blavatsky Bungalow and Leadbeater Chambers. This particular segment was completed in 2015.
First floor of Leadbeater Chambers in its current state
Amphitheatre – theatre roof
The construction of the the amphitheatre’s semi-permanent theatre roof was finished by the end of December 2015, despite the heavy rains and a little later than originally planned.
The basis of the design is one unusual pillar in the middle, which deliberately isn`t erected conventionally, i.e. upright, but slanting, and on the edges of the roof there are steel beams and columns, so the whole construction is stable and cables aren’t needed to span the roof. Cables could be hazardous for people when they walk around the theatre, therefore a steel construction was chosen. At the backside a large tree stands, part of the theatre was built around this tree.
The Theatre roof nearly finished, shortly before the annual International Convention of 2015-2016
Renovating the upper floor of the Besant Bungalow
Marja Artamaa the International Secretary now lives on the second floor of the Besant Bungalow. Renovating the rooms inside was necessary before Marja could move in. For the time being no start will be made with the renovation of the outside of the the Besant Bungalow.
The renovated interior of the Besant Bungalow, second floor
The Great Banyan Tree
The Great Banyan Tree threatened the Blavatsky Bungalow in such a way that action had to be taken. Some parts of the Banyan Tree needed to be trimmed, other parts we could redirect into other directions; immediate and proper action was required.
An apt way to deal with the trimming of trees is to meditate close to the tree and communicate with the tree spirits, sharing with them that we have to trim some branches of the tree while other branches might need to be redirected. In this respectful manner we went about the trimming of the Banyan Tree near the Blavatsky Bungalow.
The Great Banyan Tree