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Project Name: Kecherile Veedu

Practice: Finder Studio

Products: Jaquar, Aludecor, Kajaria, Luker, Zydex, Asian Paints, Adobe, ProgeCAD

Firm Location: Trivandrum, Kerala

Completion year: 2020

Gross Built up Area: 141 sqm

Project Location: Thrissur, Kerala

Lead Architects: Ar Jayakrishnan R J, Ar Levin P Joy, Ar Naveen S

Design Team: Albin Joseph, Meenakshi Ajit, Dannet Bennichan, Sachu James

Clients: Mr.Santhosh

Landscape Consultants: Sijeesh

MEP Consultants: Sibu kundukulam

Interior + Furniture: Finder Studio

Photo Credits: Prasanth Mohan

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Project Description

(Text as submitted by architect)

Traditional Kerala homes are rich in memories; of the long-forgotten smell of the first rain, the sound of raindrops falling in the courtyard, people sitting and conversing around it, the feeling of the warmth of mud walls and wood,  the coziness of spaces;  one may find him or herself drifting into their nostalgic memories of yesteryears every once in a while.’Kecheriyile Veedu’ is an attempt at recalling these memories.

As a home for an elderly couple enjoying their retirement, all the spaces are limited to a single floor, easing their movement within the house.  Despite being tightly packed in an odd-shaped 11 cent plot, the two triangular sky courts make the spaces airy and well lit. These courts are flanked by a long wall facing west, having bricks arranged in a certain pattern forming a  series of perforations and projections to catch the wind and block the harsh west sun.

A typical single storey structure attracts more heat gain than its multistorey counterparts. To address this issue, we used two layers of roofing: a flat slab spanning the interior spaces and a truss roof stretching over the entire structure, thus creating an interspace in between which absorbs most of the heat. The reminiscent of a distant past; the material palette for the Kecheri house is essentially earth tones:- brick, stained concrete, cement plaster, and wood.

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