search
  • Earthy Sophistication with Whimsical Color Palette redefines Contemporary Architecture | Saleek Ahmed Architecture

    Tucked upon the lofty hills of Carmel, Hesed, which alludes to kindness, is an contemporary architecture vision located in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. The vision originated from the owner’s wish to embrace the natural terrain and at the same time offer modern comforts to his joint family. The client’s family consists of 8 members. So, the design was focused on providing enough space for all purposes.

    Earthy Sophistication with Whimsical Color Palette redefines Contemporary Architecture | Saleek Ahmed Architecture

    Visit: Saleek Ahmed Architecture

    Built upon 1213.8 sqm of verdant terrain, this house was placed over an existing plateau in the highest point of the lot, to make best of the views over the hills.

    The house is divided into two levels, a double height living room is designed along with a semi open courtyard in the dining area given for a feel of openness and for augmenting natural cross ventilation on all sides.  

    With an uneven contour, it was a challenge to develop the site without making any major changes to the topography and nature.

    Hanging plants suspend a green curtain over the front entrance of the house and protect the main entrance from heat and dust.  

    A round window in the living room pulls in nature’s beauty into the house. Hesed encompasses the modern fabrications and furnishings needed to maintain a contemporary lifestyle, at the same time keeping in frame the traditional stance in which the family grew up.

    Conforming to the natural contours of the terrain, the outside landscaping provides a cool siesta area around a lotus pond. Hesed also promotes a sustainable lifestyle with a dedicated 5KW hybrid solar system, biogas from kitchen waste, cultivation of vegetables and fruits on-site and the reuse of harvested rainwater for sanitary and irrigation using a 30,000-litre capacity of underground tank.

    The lower level has three bedrooms, office, living and dining; and the first level has two bedrooms and a reading space. A steel-wood combo staircase and simple wireframe furniture is selected to maintain a sense of lightness.

    The open book compartments in aquamarine color with two comfy sofas gives the calm and quiet space for the reading.

    The kids room has a built-in bunk bed with cabinets to utilize storage spaces. Leading off from the first-floor bedroom is the balcony ensuring a panoramic view beyond the misty hills.

    Natural brick cladding provided on the exterior wall prevents direct sunlight on the wall and thus minimizes heat transfer inside the house. The red brickwork also contrasts with nature’s greenery and gives a rustic living vibe. A sloped roof on top of the concrete slab with louvers in the front and back was constructed for heat reduction. The louvers exhale out the hot air through the air passages.

    Natural stones from ‘Kota’ and ‘Kadapa’ have been used in the flooring to provide cooling and slip resistance. The terracotta lattice in the living and dining rooms aid in good cross ventilation, making use of nature’s air, which is so essential in the warm humid tropical context in which the house is located.

    Fact File

    Designed By: Saleek Ahmed Architecture

    Project Type : Residence Architecture Design

    Project Name: Hesed

    Year Built : 2021

    Location: Pathanamthitta, Kerala

    Duration of project : 15 Months

    Built up : 4300 Sq.ft

    Project Cost : 3000/Sq ft

    Principal Architect : Saleek Ahmed

    Photograph Courtesy : Turtlearts Photography

    Products & Materials : Finishes: Rustic & Modern / Wallcovering: Brick, Laterite & Natural Stone / Construction Materials:  Solid brick / Lighting: Dtale Décor / Doors and Partitions: Nilambur Teak Wood / Sanitaryware: Grohe, Kohler, Jaquar, Bathx / Facade Systems: Terracotta Vietnam Camp Jallis, Custom Diamond Concrete Jallis / Windows: Lesso EITI uPVC with Saint-Gobain Toughened Glass / Furniture: Nilambur Teak wood & Steel / Flooring: Interior- Kota, Kadapa, Vitrified tiles /  Exterior: Tandur Stones & Cobble Stones / Kitchen: Plywood, PVC Mica /  Walls: Imported Tiles / Flooring: Mirror polished Kota Stones / Paint: Berger Paints / Artefacts: Custom design by Architect, Instyle Creation The Purple Turtles / Hardware: Local & Imported Tiles / Carpet & Rugs: The Rug Republic / Bedding: D’décor, Instyle Creation

    Consultants for the Project

    Civil: Platinum Constructions

    Landscape Architects: Saleek Ahmed

    Structure Engineers: Platinum Constructions

    Contractors: Platinum Constructions

    Project Managers: Niyas M

    Firm’s Website Link : Saleek Ahmed Architecture

    Firm’s Instagram Link : Saleek Ahmed Architecture

    Firm’s Facebook Link : Saleek Ahmed Architecture

    For Similar Project>>Impactful Context and Dominance of Contemporary Architecture

    The Slope House Design Of This Weekend Retreat Beckons Tranquility-Seeking Souls | Tat Atelier

    Nestled within the undulating embrace of mountainous terrain, the slope house design of this weekend retreat beckons tranquillity-seeking souls to immerse themselves in a sanctuary that harmonizes seamlessly with nature’s contours. The client’s vision was to create a familial haven, a space where cherished moments could unfold amidst the serene backdrop of nature’s grandeur. Upon […]

    Read More

    Small Open Kitchen Designs: 20 Ideas For Compact Spaces

    In large urban centres, small open kitchen designs are a common feature of many homes. In Indian households, where the kitchen is one of the most frequently used spaces, it needs to be comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. The absolute dream is a spacious kitchen with sky-high ceilings and ample natural light. However, many of […]

    Read More

    Residential Architecture Is Meticulously Crafted To Meet The Diverse Needs | GVQ Design Studio

    SASWATHA, the residential architecture project by GVQ Design Studio, is located in Thrissur, Kerala. This thoughtfully designed home caters to a joint family consisting of two brothers, their families, and their parents. Spanning approximately 2,700 sq. ft on a 15-cent plot, the residential architecture is meticulously crafted to meet the diverse needs of a multi-generational […]

    Read More

    This Exceptional Hotel in Solapur Stands As A Beacon Of Innovation | Ikshana Architects

    Situated in Maharashtra, this exceptional hotel in Solapur stands as a beacon of innovation and cultural celebration. Thus embodying a harmonious fusion of traditional elements and contemporary design principles. This Exceptional Hotel in Solapur Stands As A Beacon Of Innovation | Ikshana Architects Design Concept Welcome to Hotel Karuna, an architectural marvel meticulously crafted by […]

    Read More

    The House Facade Sits In A Picturesque Scene | Panji Associates

    Against the backdrop of the clear blue sky, the house facade sits in perfect harmony, creating a picturesque scene. Isiri is situated in Navanagar, Bagalkot district, Karnataka. The site faces east and covers an area of 4,800 sq. ft. This residence is for a family of four. To tackle the hot and dry climate, we […]

    Read More

    Step Inside This House in Baroda Where Every Corner Is Filled With Plants | Foresight Associates

    Step inside this house in Baroda, where every corner is filled with plants, blending nature and architecture. We rarely encounter spaces designed and celebrated with mindful craftsmanship. Foresight Associates has crafted this dwelling of 3400 sq ft in Baroda, Gujarat. It is crafted with a deep sense of modernity and serene artistic elements.  Step Inside […]

    Read More

    This Comfortable Home Is A Testament To Minimalist Charm | The Crossboundaries

    This sophisticated and comfortable home is a testament to minimalist charm. It embraces a harmonious blend of sleek, functional, and comfortable living. Upon entering, a sense of calm envelops you as the minimalist aesthetic continues to unfold, with each room showcasing distinctive, unique features. This Comfortable Home Is A Testament To Minimalist Charm | The […]

    Read More

    15 Sustainable Interior Design Tips For Eco-Conscious Spaces

    Sustainable interior design implies the modern aspect of crafting spaces and understanding varying styles and trends. The need for eco-friendly design emerges from various challenges such as climate change, cluttered space, and losing touch with nature. Sustainable interior design follows the principles of green design, connecting the hues of earth and the texture of nature, […]

    Read More

    Home in Indore Has An Air of Elegant Simplicity | AS Design Atelier and KN Design Studio

    Perched on the gentle slope of County Walk’s lush landscape, the 5000 sqft home in Indore stands with an air of elegant simplicity, its sloping roof harmonizing with the natural contours of the land. At the forefront, a vibrant garden greets visitors with a colorful array of blossoms, a serene oasis contrasting against the structured […]

    Read More

    This Home in Delhi is a Structure That Stands Out From its Surroundings | Interactive Design Studio

    Situated in the town of Gujranwala, this home in Delhi is one such structure that stands out from its surroundings. This visceral instinct reflects in the exteriors defined by angular forms, an architectural expression that speaks volumes. Amidst the colour and chaos of the bustling street, the Corian facade embraces greys and whites. Thus, it […]

    Read More
  • Modern Design Apartment with Few Glimpses from the Past : Ism architects

    Profound Simplicity with Focus on Uncluttered, Earthy Minimal Design | Muse Architects