A young couple and their two little girls, caught up in two jobs and two schools, and two houses, needed one home of their own to bond together, grow up and make memories in; a home of simplicity to be decorated by each of their discovering individualities. This vernacular home embraces nurturing and forgiving spaces for varying emotions and conflicts; to unite as Akam (അകം- Malayalam transl. core/ inside/ mind/ soul) of the family.
“To call this structure home is to whole-heartedly dwell into its many symphonies. The earthy and natural built-up makes you feel rooted to your land.”- Nishal Sevak(Co-Editor)
This Vernacular Home Embraces Nurturing And Forgiving Spaces For Varying Emotions | Ishtika
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The 9.45 cents plot, one of many carved out into the windward side of a small hill in the urban outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, overlooks the valley on the East and has a 3.3m wide access street to the West.
The house is stacked with several layers of open and semi-open spaces that peel away as one traverses from the entry to the core of the house.
A plastered white wall metaphorically façades the view of the private yards of the house from the public and these open spaces transition into semi-open verandahs.
From the front open court one can enter into an elaborate Poomukham (പൂമുഖം- Malayalam transl. sit-out) that can host a small gathering or many of the activities of the residents like dance, yoga, or even playtime.
This cozy sit-out demands to be sat in, demands a pause, a moment of stillness, before entering into the enclosed parts of the house through the main door.
Inside, the enclosure is stretched and the volume is expanded into an internal courtyard rising two-storeys high.
The family living room and dining area has an internal court on one side and a verandah on the other with a view of the valley.
The floor plan is conceived in a basic ‘T’ shape with family/common spaces, which is given priority to ensure more family time, along the spine and private zones, like bedrooms and kitchen, on the arms
At the end of the hallway, there is a stairway leading to the first floor and a kitchenette that extends into the kitchen on one arm and the guest bedroom and the common toilet on the other. The first floor has two bedrooms on either arm and a living room in the center.
The verandah on the east broadens towards the south to become a semi-open living area, which is separated from the sit-out by an outdoor court with a pond. This area stands on top of a rainwater harvesting tank of 3500L capacity.
Free flow of light and air is ensured throughout the house using jalis, pergolas, air shafts, and louvered windows. Direct openings are avoided to the west to reduce heat gain.
The western wall of bedrooms is a double wall of thin exposed concrete on the outside and bricks inside with an air gap in the middle and a vent on the roof. An attempt was made to reuse and upscale old wood and roof tiles, adding to the charm of the house.
Designed by : Ishtika
Project Type : Residential Architecture Design
Project Name : Akam House
Location : Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Year : 2021
Area : 2300 Sq.ft
Principal Architect : Jinoj Mathidharan
Photography Credits : Prahlad Gopakumar
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