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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Breathing Wall Residence in Kerala, India by Lijo.Reny Architects

 
March 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Lijo.Reny Architects

From the architect. It was difficult to know if it was day or night or for that matter rain or sunshine, while inside the client’s previous dingy home that stood on this site and they craved for a new lease of life!

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

  • Architects: Lijo.Reny Architects
  • Project: The Breathing Wall Residence
  • Location: Nellikunnu, Thrissur, Kerala, India
  • Photography: Praveen Mohandas, Suneesh Suresh, LRa
  • Structure: Rosmy, Keystone Engineers
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

The plot was narrow with an equally tight public road to the west, a private road on the north, a house that abuts the boundary on the south and the client’s brother’s residence at the back. While designing within the possible, 6 x 16mts, foot print for the building, it was clear that a central ventilating volume was necessary to redeem the clients off their misery.

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

The linear foot print was divided into two east-west bays of 3.3mts and 1.8mts each to which functional spaces were allocated in the possible logical order. The central volume thus achieved was assigned as a landscaped skylight atrium with a stair that connected the two blocks to the east and west. However as the north and south was open, it was necessary to find a solution for a ‘wall’ that was secure, robust, resistant to the harsh tropical weather, perforated to facilitate the much needed ventilation. The ‘Breathing wall’, in corten steel, became an aesthetically pleasing solution to all the functional issues posed by the situation.

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

The design of this project was developed as a prototype for narrow plots. Though by the virtue of the site condition, minor opening have been provided on the south and north in this project, it is entirely possible to avoid the same and ventilate those areas by opening them into the central volume.

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Suneesh Suresh

Image Courtesy © Suneesh Suresh

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Suneesh Suresh

Image Courtesy © Suneesh Suresh

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Praveen Mohandas

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

Image Courtesy © Lijo.Reny Architects

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