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  • The Inclined Porotherm Block Jali Wall is an Entrance Portal | Mindworks Architecture

    The earth-hugging inclined porotherm block jali wall act as an entrance portal, unveiling their welcoming stance as one approaches this one-acre farmland. These Porotherm Block walls seamlessly transition into the primary roof structure, exuding its subtle form.

    The Inclined Porotherm Block Jali Wall is an Entrance Portal | Mindworks Architecture

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    Design Concept

    Nestled amidst sprawling the outskirts of Erode, Tamil Nadu, lies The Croft, an idyllic weekend retreat. The property enjoys a serene location in close proximity to a bird sanctuary, surrounded by lush farmlands and meandering streams. The clients, a young couple, sought a two-bedroom recreational house with spaces to host parties and intimate gatherings. They desired the house to have a significant connection to the surrounding greenery while maintaining privacy and security from the neighbouring farms. In response, our design approach was to create an inward-looking house with large semi-open areas to enjoy the outdoors and engage in gardening and bird-watching, which fosters connection with one another.

    porotherm blocks

    porotherm blocks

    The fenestrations on the porotherm blocks offer a glimpse into the beautifully landscaped surroundings of the property. The common areas of the house are under a high-pitched roof, which provides a sense of grandeur.

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    porotherm blocks

    Open Planning

    The open planning of the house dissolves the formal boundaries and allows the spaces to flow seamlessly from one to the next, with pocket gardens uniting the indoor and outdoor areas.

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    At the heart of the house is a central skylight court, covered using Mangalore roof tiles with glass inlay through which the gleams of sunlight fill the internal spaces, casting a warm glow on the walls and floors. The natural light dances across the room, creating a dynamic ambiance throughout the day.

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    Outdoor Pool Area

    The outdoor pool area, with its gazebo and bar, acts as a congregation area where family and friends can gather, unwind, and chill. It serves as a central hub for socializing while enjoying the outdoors.

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    porotherm blocks

    The bar counter is finished in a monolithic yellow stone with its striking cantilever form, which creates visual interest in the space. The separate pool entry for guests adds convenience and privacy.

    porotherm blocks

    porotherm blocks

    Earthy Material Palette

    The design embraced an earthy material palette: wood, rubble stone, kota, Mangalore tile, and rich oxide finishes. The extensive use of oxide finishes and stone cladding adds a sense of rawness and character to the space. The wooden cladding in the interiors adds a touch of warmth and elegance.

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    All the existing trees on the site were carefully preserved, with a few trees being transplanted to a new location within the site. The landscaping was meticulously done, incorporating a variety of tropical trees, plants, and shrubs to add depth and diversity to the greenery.

    The design showcases a harmonious blend of nature and architecture, which is orchestrated by the chimes in the wind, the birds chirping, the natural light playing, and the earthy finishes blending seamlessly with the landscape, leaving the user with an everlasting experience.

    Fact File

    Designed by: Mindworks Architecture

    Project Type: Residential Architecture Design

    Project Name: The Croft Residence

    Location: Erode, Tamil Nadu

    Year Built: 2024

    Project Size: 5750 Sq.ft

    Principal Architect: Harris Alaudeen

    Photograph Courtesy: Shamanth Patil Photography

    Junior Architect: Imran Thayaf

    Site Engineer: Gowtham Manickam

    Civil Engineer: Arun Keerthi

    Structural Consultant: Kaarvens Structural Consultancy

    Firm’s Website Link: Mindworks Architecture

    Firm’s Instagram Link: Mindworks Architecture

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