The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects

The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects
The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects - Windows, Forest
© Praveen Mohandas
Kanjirappally, India

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The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects - Forest
© Praveen Mohandas

Text description provided by the architects. The modest brief called for a restrained single storey residence for a family of six that included the client’s parents as well as their kids. The project sits in a location that experience contrasting climatic situations with long heavy monsoons and scorching sun during the remaining months. This helped model the core design principles for this project.  

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East Elevation
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South Elevation

The built form of the house was effortlessly tucked into the gentle slope of the site to reduce the scale of the house being visible from the road that abuts the three sides of the site.

The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects - Garden
© Praveen Mohandas

Furthermore, carefully chosen and strategically used materials and colours which include the stone wall, exposed concrete, natural stone flooring and teakwood along with lush tropical vegetation subdue the physical presence of the house and blend it well with the surroundings.

The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects - Table, Chair, Lighting, Beam
© Suneesh Suresh

The layout consist of two primary linear bays of vaulted  rooms that are separated by a partly open to sky landscaped court in the centre, containing a connecting passage, that runs throughout the entire length in it.  Two enclosed open to sky landscaped courts abut the primary bays on its external sides respectively.

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Ground Floor Plan

Most of the externally visible walls are built with locally sourced granite in a masonry technique used locally.

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These stone walls that enclose open to sky landscaped courts, acts as thermal barriers while providing necessary privacy to the desired spaces resulting in a well protected house with comfortable interior spaces both in the punishing rain and the burning sun.  

The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects - Windows, Table, Chair, Beam
© Suneesh Suresh
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Cite: "The Walls and Vaults House / LIJO RENY architects" 25 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/780865/the-walls-and-vaults-house-lijenrchitects> ISSN 0719-8884

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