• An Earthen House On A Forestry Farm In Coimbatore | Bhutha Earthen Architecture Studio

    An earthen house on a forestry farm in Coimbatore for a client committed to feasible living represents a harmonious marriage of environmental awareness and conventional craftsmanship.

    Editor’s Note: “This Coimbatore residence epitomises a harmonious and practical living space. With traditional architectural elements like pitched roofs, exposed brickwork, wooden textures and earth walls, the abode embraces warmth and comfort. The interplay of white and brown tones, accented with contrasting hues, creates a visually captivating symphony.” ~Simran Khare

    An Earthen House On A Forestry Farm In Coimbatore | Bhutha Earthen Architecture Studio

    The design of this earthen house prioritizes constructing a symmetrical living space that encourages interaction between family members and linking up with the surrounding environment.

    The central courtyard serves as the heart of the domestic. It gives a visual network to all spaces on both the ground floor and the first floor. This form improves the stream of natural light and ventilation.

    The home seamlessly integrates traditional elements with modern functionality fostering a sustainable environment that encourages connection and appreciation for nature.

    Living Room

    The entrance features wooden columns supporting a pitched roof, evoking a traditional yet inviting ambience. An inbuilt thinnai space draws guests into the cozy living room, where exposed brickwork and poured earth walls add warmth and character. Terracotta floors and wooden textures enhance the natural aesthetic, creating a comfortable environment.

    A conventional swing with brass chains and wooden planks is a focus of consideration, advertising a comfortable spot for unwinding and reflection. This swing interfaces with the courtyard, providing easy access to the outdoor space and the agro past through a back door.


    Huge openings on the eastern side of the living region interface consistently with the sit-out space, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living. Visual connectivity remains a priority throughout the design, with the courtyard serving as the central hub that joins all other living spaces. Stone pillars in the courtyard provide enduring style, while Mangalore tile overhangs offer shade and timeless appeal.

    Dining Room

    Ensuring openness, the courtyard connects seamlessly to the double-height dining area, enhanced by textured Rubble walls and bold rubble accents for visual interest. A wooden door frames peaceful forest views, while large openings in the staircase design capture sweeping agro-forest, allowing ample natural light. This arrangement fosters a radiant atmosphere, strengthening the connection with nature throughout the residence.


    The kitchen blends functionality with traditional elements, featuring teal green lime plaster against a granite countertop and traditional highlights like the Anganan kuli and a wood-fired kitchen.

    Master Bedroom

    The master bedroom radiates rustic charm with contrasting white lime plaster and exposed brick, complemented by wooden wardrobes for storage. The interplay of white and brown tones adds warmth, while a focal bay window offers serene views.

    The bathroom blends functionality and aesthetics with partitioned spaces, inviting an immersive experience with nature’s seasons.

    Teal green smooth lime plaster contrasts with rough Kota stone flooring, enhancing the space’s character. Plumbing fixtures crafted from natural stone and brass metal ensure durability and visual appeal. Careful planning ensures flawless functionality, adding to the luxury and comfort of the bedroom suite.

    The clients’ dedication to sustainable living has prompted our team to design an abode that corresponds with their everyday surroundings and epitomizes sustainability standards.

    Kids Room

    In the kids’ room, a wooden mezzanine floor optimizes space, while the first floor boasts a traditional Mangalore-pitched roof and an open terrace for relaxation and nature appreciation. Wooden door entrances enhance the aesthetic, while lamp niches add warmth.

    Overall, the design seamlessly blends classic and modern styles, prioritizing sustainability and creating a harmonious living environment.

    Passive design strategies optimize light, wind, and energy efficiency, with solar and rainfall harvesting systems promoting sustainability.

    Fact File

    Designed by: Bhutha Earthen Architecture Studio 

    Project Type: Residential Architecture Design

    Project Name: Brick Manor 

    Location: Sulur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 

    Year Built: 2023

    Duration of the project: 2 Years

    Project Size: 2800 Sq.ft

    Project Cost: 1crore 15 lakhs

    Principal Architects: Ar. Srinath Gowtham & Ar. Vinoth kumar

    Team Design Credits: Ar. Kishore Ar Ajith Kumar, Ar. Thileep, Ar. Sudar Nagarajan & Ar. Shankar Raj 

    Photograph Courtesy: f/8 Photography studio

    Products / Materials / Vendors: Finishes – exposed brick, poured earth, lime plaster,  Araish Lime Plaster / Construction Materials –  Brick, Mud, Stone, Wood, Lime Mortar / Lighting – Hybec Lighting / Doors and Partitions –  Customized Wood  Joineries / Facade Systems –  Exposed Brickwork / Flooring – Terracotta flooring,  yellow tandoor stone, grey kotta,green kotta and yellow and teal green oxide flooring / Kitchen – wood fire kitchen, agannan kuli  Traditional kitchen systems / Paint – lime paints / Hardware – Customized  brass and stone plumbing fixtures

    Firm’s Website Link: Bhutha Earthen Architecture Studio 

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