A single-family dwelling was to be designed with living areas,five bedrooms and recreational activites, converting the place into a private and personal resort. The site is a part of very old developed society surrounded by dense green foliage,housing buildings like small private residences, apartments and a high rise residential building that exists in the vicinity. The site is contoured, having a drop of about 2.5 meters across its length abutting internal roads on north-west and south-west sides.
This five bedroom house was designed by playing well with the contoured land. The lower ground floor catered to parking,services and recreational activities while the upper ground floor linked with a lush garden and swimming pool covered with shrubbery surrounding the site.
Solid floating forms designed on the first floor accommodates bedrooms allowing natural light and ventilation to draw in through the sloping roof patterns..
The structural steel design in kerala approach revolves around the notion of integrating primary living spaces with a private outdoor garden,which is designed to generate micro-climate within the indoor and outdoor living areas, absorbing natural light,ventilation and pleasant views. The design is determined to have a secured,private and an environment safe envelop,which is protective and percolative to the dynamics of nature.
The planning also tries to break the boundaries and allows spaces to link with each other as common living areas like family room, dining room,kitchen,primary circulation passage,stairs,sit outs,garden court, swimming pool, gymnasium,etc. to formulate a single living space without visual barriers. The main living area level and service area on lower ground level with parking,utilities,storage and servant rooms are segregated by using the contoured land creating levels and required functional spaces.
The plan of the building preserves an existing coconut palm and accommodates it within the house generating a ventilation court around it. The design sensitively includes critical climatic aspects of cent per cent rainwater harvesting,solar and wind power harvesting,inclusion of natural light as primary element,stack ventilation shaft allowing the building body to breathe naturally.
The existing shrubbery within and around the plot drives the design idea to open the house towards the east side of the plot,creating a private garden court. The planning attempts to achieve natural light and cross ventilation throughout the house. Centrally located,ventilation and service shaft creates stack process in order to let out hot air and thus air-circulation through passive system. The overall envelope has insulated walls on the south-west side of house and well insulated roof tops are consciously designed to minimize heat gain.
The formation of the building is divided into two parts,one acts as base covering the ground and the lower ground structure,which lifts the second part containing the first floor. The ground and lower ground structure is principally generated through stone cladded parallel walls,whereas the first-floor houses bedrooms,creating private spaces through enclosed and floating forms. Parallel placed slate stone cladded walls spring from lower ground to upper ground and opens to the pictures que view inviting natural light and ventilation.
The house is bounded in RCC structure, filled-in with brick walls,with well insulated external surfaces. The external finishes are weatherproof and light reflective to protect interior spaces. The structural frame takes care of integrated ventilation and harvesting of green energy through solar photovoltaic panels and domestic wind turbine.
The gym and the pool deck fitted with SS columns and steel pergola box sections to support the roof. The spa area is also supported using SS columns and RCC structure. Steel framing is also utilized for the façade glazing which helps drastically in supporting large spanned glazing. Another beneficial quality of using steel detailing in kochi is that the load is distributed evenly from the beam to the structural frame without any hassle. The house is bounded in RCC structure , filled in with brick walls,with well insulated ecternal surfaces. The external finishes are weatherproof and light reflective to protect interior spaces. The structural frame takes care of integrated ventilation and harvesting of green energy through solar photovoltaic panels and domestic wind turbine.