Although the roof prevented rain and the cooling was phenomenal, the client was deterred by the atmosphere of darkness which stayed prevalent or was associated with the ambience inside traditional houses.
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.
Marking being done with ropes for the shells to be placed.
The building walls are made with a material called as SHOBRI (Shuttered Debris Wall) - a patented technique. This construction technique involves mixing cement, soil and waste materials of various sizes(coarse aggregate) to give a strong wall.
“Chirath” which denotes a traditional lamp in Malayalam is the name given by Mr. Ramanujan Basha for his house at Pala, Kerala.
We decided to break the roof, split it open and let the light flow in, all the while using waste and mud to build the house.
A pond with a fixed glass window right behind, entwine the interior with the exterior. While the window ensures a visual connect with the outside, the pond gives a feel of nature ushered inside.
This small pond with a tea table atop, and two ferrocement seatings on either side creates a peaceful ambience for one to sit in.
Dining Table made from the root of a tree and chairs made from scrap available at site.
Toilet walls in grey oxide finish.