The Paliam family patriarchs were hereditary prime ministers to the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin, Kerala. Today the ancestral home and palace of this family is a heritage complex about an hour’s drive from the city of Cochin. The client who got a small parcel of around 160 sqm in the family partition decided to build a vacation home on it.
The brief was to design a home that could host their frequent visits and double up as accommodation for the multitude of classical artists and performers who grace the annual family festival.
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The layout is largely informed by this; keeping bedroom areas to a minimum and giving over the space to an open-plan living. An oversized circulation passage doubles up as access to the heritage complex which would otherwise get blocked with this new construction. During the annual family festival it becomes a place for the artists to rest and relax en route to their performance.
The design takes a cue from the traditional Kerala architecture but introduces a gable to contain the building edges. A rainwater channel in polished cement replaces the eaves and helps direct water in a more controlled way for storage. This structural channel is repeated in each bay giving long unbroken windows in all the rooms. Jackfruit wood salvaged from traditional houses is used as a grill for shading and security. Glass roof tiles delineate the passage through the house and animate the interiors with ever changing light patterns on the floor.
Architecture Firm: @meistervarma_architects
Built Area : 880 ft2
Photographer: Syam Sreesylam, Govind Nair (drone photography)
Design Team: Krishnan Varma , Saumya Joseph