Kerala

Cardamom Club, at Thekkady, Kerala, India, by Kumar La Noce

Cardamom Club, at Thekkady, Kerala, India, by Kumar La Noce

Set amidst expansive Cardamom plantations on steep terrain areas in Thekkady, Kerala, a set of cabins have been designed to nestle within a sea of green.  Responding to a brief for a boutique resort, the project includes five independent cabins, an outdoor pool with adjacent stepped decks and a spa block divided into three interconnected volumes all raised on stilts. – Kumar La Noce

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MA001, at Ayroor, Kerala, India, by mamama

MA001, at Ayroor, Kerala, India, by mamama

Located in Ayroor, Kerala this family home that sits on the banks of the Chalakudy river is nothing less than a mini-ecosystem within itself — self-sufficient and symbiotic. Using local masons, carpenters, contractors and construction methods, this home was completed with natural materials such as terracotta and laterite tiles, kota stone and terracotta jaali blocks. A generous verandah wraps around three sides and a large open terrace on the upper floor maximises the spectacular views out onto the river. The house is an extension of the clients’ (perfect) idea of living a retired life.

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House That Rains Light, at Kerala, by LIJO.RENY.architects

House That Rains Light, at Kerala, by LIJO.RENY.architects

The ‘House That Rains Light’ re-imagines dappled shade under the trees, informal kids play nooks, gardens with flowers, birds and butterflies, all lost to rapid urbanization, while being confined to a tight plot within a typical residential layout.

Owners, a young couple with their two kids, wanted a house that broke free from conventions, displaying a sense of individuality and character in the spaces that enveloped them, without being a burden on their simple ways of living. They also hoped the building would transcend the small footprint on site and become a multi-spatial/sensory experience for their kids to grow up in. – LIJO.RENY.architects

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Wayanad House, at Kerala, India, by Khosla Associates

Wayanad House at Kerala, by Khosla Associates

Our client was the owner of one of South India’s largest printing and publishing houses and also a family of 2nd generation politicians. Along with his wife and three children they were a family of 5, but the requirement was to have close extended family visit often. The site was on a serene hillock nestled in a clearing within 150 acres of dense coffee plantations. Our first impression was that of lush vertical trees with pepper vines growing on them and coffee plants beneath. There was an existing ancestral home on the site halfway through renovation, that needed to be re-imagined. – Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand, Khosla Associates.

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Auditorium for Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology at Kochi, Kerala by Architect Rahul Manohar (RMM Designs)

Auditorium for Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology at Kochi, Kerala by Architect Rahul Manohar (RMM Designs)

In spite of having designed Auditorium and Seminar Spaces of varied capacities and typologies acroos the country, we still found this project both, unique and challenging.

Unique because this is probably the only large capacity auditorium planned on the top three floors of a seven storey building. This one fact itself posed multiple design challenges which included integration and effective vertical segregation of the auditorium and allied spaces with the rest of the building which houses academic activities on the lower 4 floors. – RMM Designs

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Paliam Veedu, at Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala, by Meister Varma Architects

Paliam Veedu, at Chendamangalm, Kerala, by Meister Varma Architects

The Paliam family patriarchs were hereditary prime ministers to the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin, Kerala. Today the ancestral home and palace of this family is a heritage complex about an hour’s drive from the city of Cochin. The client who got a small parcel of 160 sqm in the family partition decided to build a vacation home on it. – Meister Varma Architects

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LIJO.RENY.architects - Regimented House at Kerala

Regimented House at Kerala, by LIJO.RENY.architects

For LIJO.RENY.architects, this project seemed like an Architect’s dream at first but upon closer understanding, of the site and the brief, revealed its complex nature. The seemingly large plot of 2.45 acres, populated with a variety of trees – small and large, was to be shared between the client and his brother, who had an existing house on site, without any compound wall in between.

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Vault House at Cochin By Meister Varma Architects

Unbuilt Project: Vault House at Cochin By Meister Varma Architects

The living and working areas are contained in 2 buildings connected by a walkway. The horse-saddle roof doubles up over the brick vault for shade from the tropical sun. Thick brick walls with natural limestone rendering on the east and west side reflect solar radiation to keep the house cool. – Meister Varma Architects

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