• Toy Storey’s Compressed Earth Block Jali Act Like Perforated Skin | Wallmakers

    The constant cross ventilation and better insulation in Toy Storey’s Compressed Earth block jali act like perforated skin.

    Have you ever stepped on a lego block ? Everyone who has, even once in their lifetime, stepped on one would remember the pain of it. This led us to ponder over two questions. ‘How sturdy is this material?’ and ‘How much of it is left in everyone’s houses after children discard them ?’

    Editor’s Note: Toy Storey’s is an architectural masterpiece that celebrates the childhood of each kid by incorporating discarded toys in the CSEB jali wall. The residence offers unique architectural solutions by offering an undefined façade of ‘front’ or ‘back’. Dramatic curves of the façade, cantilevered verandah and a radial ferrocement shell roof add to the grandeur of this abode. ~ Simran Khare

    Toy Storey’s Compressed Earth Block Jali Act Like Perforated Skin | Wallmakers

    compressed earth block

    Plastic has managed to snake its way into almost every aspect of our daily lives, including 90% of the world’s toys, which is a far cry from the old Indian childhoods of outdoor play and wooden toys.

    compressed earth block

    With global toy sales peaking at $ 107.4 billion in 2022 and toys being unsuitable for recycling due to their complex forms and chemical additives, 80 % of all toys ever made have ended up in landfills, incinerators, or the ocean.

    compressed earth block

    compressed earth block

    When a project came up in Vadakara, North Kerala, where the consumption of toys is the highest in the state, the idea was to have a circular home accessible from every side with a verandah supported by toys and old Mangalore tiles.

    compressed earth block

    Cantilevered Verandah

    The cantilevered verandah that is held up by corbelling toys ran all around the house that had no relegated “front” and “back” elevations.

    compressed earth block

    compressed earth block

    There were three large trees in the cardinal directions of the home that dictated the position of the house along with the level difference on site, including a secluded basement floor with a library and bedroom.

    compressed earth block

    compressed earth block

    compressed earth block

    The residence is conceived with the idea of a “House within a house” where the large living space will always be frequented by neighbors and members of the community, but the Japanese-style inspired shoji screens become translucent partitions providing light and visual connectivity for the private half.

    compressed earth block

    compressed earth block

    The central courtyard and the composite CSEB- Toy Jaali wall ( Compressed Stabilised Earth blocks made from soil from the site ) act like perforated external skin that allows for constant cross ventilation and better insulation.

    The project also features a radial ferrocement shell roof that helps to reduce reinforcement by 33%, CSEB walls that with a very less embodied energy of 572 MJ/cum and the traditional oxide flooring technique.

    But most importantly, the kids in the neighbourhood are always frequenting the house to look at and point out their old toys. By using around 6200 discarded toys , “Toy Storey” manages to preserve the childhood of our generation forever on its walls.

    Fact File

    Designed by: Wallmakers

    Project Type: Residential Architecture Design

    Project Name: Toy Storey Residence

    Location: Vatakara, Kerala

    Year : 2024

    Built Area: 3843 Sq.ft

    Principal Architect: Vinu Daniel

    Team Design Credits: Oshin Mariam Varughese, Dhawal Dasari, Mrityunjoy Pan & Rosh Saji

    Photograph Courtesy: Syam Sreesylam

    Firm’s Website Link: Wallmakers

    Firm’s Facebook Link: Wallmakers

    Source: Archdaily

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