• A Quintessential Tropical Modern House Nestled In The Coastal City Of Calicut | STUDIO D’TAIL

    Sidra, meaning ‘tree in heaven’, is a quintessential tropical modern house nestled in the rich landscape of the coastal city of Calicut. In this abode, nature and architecture come together to weave a symphony of tropical living experiences.

    Editor’s Note: “This tropical modern house is embraced by the lush green landscape of Calicut weaves a harmonious symphony of nature and architecture. The etched grey stone and Sri Lankan mud plaster of the facade strike the chord of minimalism. The aesthetically pleasing interiors with a soft colour palette romanticize the tropical modern theme with utmost grace.” ~Simran Khare

    A Quintessential Tropical Modern House Nestled In The Coastal City Of Calicut | STUDIO D’TAIL

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    Bawa: The Master of Tropical Modernism

    The legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa has said, “architecture cannot be totally explained but must be experienced.” With those words, architect Shahbas Tasim Ahamed of Studio Dtail steered his concepts to envision this scintillating tropical modern house. Drawing inspiration from the master of tropical modernism, the design studio has crafted this 6200 sq. ft residence. It innovatively orchestrates a sensorial scape of interwoven spatial harmonies.

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    As you enter the subtly framed gateway, the longitudinal monumentality of the handsome rustic exterior strikes a chord of minimalism. It is etched in grey stone veneer and Sri Lankan mud plaster.

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    The jutted-out balcony, fanned-out car porch and projected out fins enrich the contemporary Kerala-style architecture. It also includes the minimalistic mullions and a gabled roof. The climate-sensitive architectural style of this tropical modern house entwines green foliage in every province, hemming the spaces with a dramatic quality.


    A ‘poomukham’ (verandah) and a water court on either side of the front sit-out unveil an inviting sequential entry, offering a sneak peek through latticed screens. A large wooden door with thin timber slats opens into an A-framed double-height interior space. Graced by green foliage, the space linearly extends into an expansive, gorgeous grey living room.

    Skylights And Openings

    As evocative as it is functional, a pergola-style skylight splashes natural light into the volume and suspended bulbous lanterns on the wooden ceiling warm up a cosy ambience. Sleek geometric glass frames slide open to a semi-shaded raised water court that casts an alluring aura and acts as a passive cooling feature.

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    Tropical Palette

    Entangled in romantic associations with the exotic tropical theme, the aesthetically pleasing interiors with a soft colour palette weave a sanctum of furnished elegance that manifests into the soul of Sidra home.

    Browns, greys, whites, beiges and a dash of gentle blues, yellows and greens – pigment the patterned fabrics, artefacts, custom furniture, feature walls, floors, artistic paintings, elaborate lights and dynamic decor. The calibrated grammar of design fosters a spirited kinship with each element.

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    Living Room

    The living room leads to a staircase crafted with thin rails and wooden treads on a concrete finish. A nook below the stairs becomes a perfect work desk, an ode to the careful curation of nulling negative spaces in the home. From here, the ground floor widens as two wings.

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    Dining Space

    A well-portioned, delectable dining, cheered by ample light through full-length windows, abuts the northern wing, with a wash and a powder room in-between.

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    Spatial Layout

    Seamless spatial layouts, nature-rich transitional zones, strategic openings, wide patios, nourished nooks, double-height volumes, and purpose-driven courtyards are some of the prime architectural vocabulary. From an irregular-shaped site to tackling its wetland by binding its foundation, the design team drafted a colloquy of staggered floor plans that pursue the shape of the land.

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    The wooden-themed kitchen is presented as a homemaker’s dream, baked as a modular C-shaped workspace with an appetizing breakfast table, finished in grey and wooden counters. From the kitchen, it leads to a linear work area and a servant room.


    Each bedroom with walk-ins, work desks and ensuite bathrooms follows a distinct theme with mood lighting, exhibiting a signature glam.

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    Tucked alongside the dining is a compact bedroom with elementary wood finishes and a hexagon-patterned feature wall.

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    On the other side of the stairway is a ladies living lounge with a personal courtyard. An ell beyond is the luxurious master suite, accessed via a slim foyer into a spacious and comfy bed space.

    Artfully modern with beige drapery, leaf motifs and lean wooden beams, the bedroom accommodates exceptional walk-ins for his and her and a premier bathroom.

    The bedroom extends to an outdoor deck that beckons you to come out and sit with the surrounding nature.


    Flanking the first floor, as you ascend the stairs, is a theatrical balcony overlooking the palatial living. This floor features a second ladies living and three stunning bedrooms.

    Open Terrace

    Edging the stairs is a classic grey-panelled bedroom adorned in rattan and hazelnut finishes, which leads to an outdoor open terrace. Illustrated in textured stone tiles and fluted panels is a fourth bedroom that borders the northern province.

    An open terraced garden court, shaded by a tree with a ‘thinnai’ (bench) around it, sits atop the car porch in magnificent poise.

    Primary Bedroom

    The primary bedroom on this floor, in shades of cool greys and wooden flutes, is nourished along with a personal trellis balcony.

    These eclectic spaces add another layer to the tropical experience for its residents to cherish together with family and friends. Sidra is truly a home that draws you into its graceful comforts with a triumph of planning!

    Fact File

    Designed by: STUDIO D’TAIL

    Project Type: Residential Architecture Design

    Project Name: Sidra

    Location: Kozhikode, Kerala

    Year Built: 2023

    Built-up Area: 6200 Sq.ft

    Principal Architect: Ar. Shahbas Tasim Ahamed

    Team Design Credits: Ar. Babin & Er. Ashraf

    Client: Dr. Ahammad K K

    Photograph Courtesy: Nathan

    Products / Materials / Vendors: Finishes: Cements Texture paint, Corten Steel finish , Mud Texture / Wallcovering / Cladding: Stone veneer / Construction Materials: Laterite Brick, Steel , Cement / Lighting: Kepco, Kiara / Electrical: Schneider Electric & R R Kabel / Doors and Partitions: Custom Wooden Doors / Sanitary ware: Rak, Roca, Kohler, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Franke / Windows:   Custom Wooden Windows and Tostem Windows / Furniture: Live in Dtail. / Flooring: Granite, Kota stone, tiles / Kitchen: Live in Dtail / Paint: Asian, Suzuka, Imported Mud texture from srilanka / Artifact: Pan emirates / Hardware: Hafele, Blum / Graffiti: Studio Dtail / Security Systems: Hik vision, KEY, Iglu / Steel Fabrication: TATA Steels

    TECHNICAL DETAILS: Structural Design: A&N Structural Consultants / Civil Contractor: MAKH Engineering / Interior Design: Studio Dtail / Interior Contractor: Live in Dtail / Landscape Design: Studio Dtail / Landscape Contractor: MAKH Engineering / MEP Consultant: AMPS Solutions / MEP Contractor: MAKH Engineering / HVAC Consultant: Kerala Refrigeration

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