Chirath Residence / Wallmakers

Chirath Residence / Wallmakers

© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu+ 26

  • Architects: Wallmakers
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  168
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs Photographs:  Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ferrocement Shell Roof, Ferrocement walls and slabs, Oxide, Scrap for window grills, Shuttered debri wall, Terracotta tile jali, Waste wood
  • Masonry Contractors:P.S. Suresh – Shivranjini Constructions, Pondicherry
  • Fabrication Team:Kunjumon James -J.K steels
  • Carpenters:Sharath Prasad and team
  • Oxide:Antony T. A.
  • City:Pala
  • Country:India
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© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu

Text description provided by the architects. In today’s world, it is a prevalent trend to add the prefix of sustainability to most things. However, there seems to be very little that is done to represent the concept.

© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
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© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu

We, as a community, have devoted ourselves to the cause of using Mud and Waste as the chief components to make structures which are alluring and utilitarian. As a firm practicing sustainable architecture exclusively for a decade, we know about the aspirations of a “modern” client, where his house is a symbol of his status and prominence in society instead of being a statement for the future.

© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu

When we first met the client, he mentioned to us about his disapproval towards the traditional Kerala style home system. The traditional houses in Kerala are typically sloped roof structures with heavy overhangs. Although the roof prevented rain and the cooling was phenomenal, he was deterred by the atmosphere of darkness which stayed prevalent or was associated with the ambience inside the house. The second altercation was that many of the architectural systems that were in place promoted   gender inequality in the olden days since women were restricted to the courtyard. Thus during the early days of the project, the client had made a point that the house should be a symbol of a new light, or a new outlook to our age old systems and beliefs.

© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu

“Chirath” which denotes a traditional lamp in Malayalam is the name given by Mr. Ramanujan Basha for his house at Pala, Kerala. The client, thus asked for a solution by throwing away the bad and utilising the good.

© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu

We decided to break the roof, split it open and let the light flow in, all while using waste and mud to build the house. This is the concept of Chirath.

© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu

What is waste? Waste can be classified as anything that was produced, used and then discarded from its original function. While the work and construction process results in the production of a lot of scrap, we believe in not being deterred by this demon and instead building with it'

© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu
© Anand Jaju, Jino and Midhu

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