Karai Farmhouse / RAIN Studio of Design
Textual content description offered by the architects. Karai was conceptualized to offer an expertise of residing within the palms of mom earth. Constructed hands-on this weekend residence positioned within the serene neighborhood of coastal Kuvathur, about eighty kilometers from Chennai, was conceived as a easy experiment with strategies that felt native but up to date to the area. Sequestered from civilization, the lashing of the waves and the persistent stillness prevalent on website was an inspiration dictating the design ultimate from the early levels. Due to this fact the constructed layer deliberately permits publicity to the weather, to realize an innate presence within the environment.
Set inside proximity to the ocean, the residing unit was envisaged to stay hidden inside dense verdure and framed by reflection swimming pools. A recent tackle the normal ‘naalukettu’ home type, the courtyard breathes life into the house, other than taking part in a passive position in adjusting microclimate. The shoppers’ programmatic necessities included 4 rooms with hooked up baths with a assured view of the ocean. The rooms and different residing areas such because the eating and kitchen are organized across the linear brick-laid courtroom. The lounge on the higher stage units a stage to gaze on the sea and the horizon past. The ‘mutram’ or the courtroom with the hall hugging its perimeter acts as a multifunctional area, to relaxation, to pause, to have a look at the sky above.
4-directional sloping roofs composed of the usual interlocking Mangalore tiles cowl the rooms extending onto corridors. The sloped ceiling is interspersed by inverted U-shaped flat roof junctions, that are embedded with glass strips forming kaleidoscopic patterns of daylight. The eating and ante area resulting in the staircase permits the breeze to circulation by means of to the higher stage and are housed inside a filler slab roof with earthen pots as infill enabling passive cooling. The painted Gentle Metal columns assist the roof connecting to beams that double up as gutters accumulating rainwater. Pre-used Mangalore tiles in arbitrary permutations have been positioned to type the rugged partitions. Coloured oxides particularly crimson, blue, inexperienced, and yellow mark a unique tone for every room, which is related by the central courtyard, and look like similar to a ludo board sport within the plan.
A hand-in-hand course of involving the design workforce and the development workforce led to innovation on many fronts. One of many design intentions was to discover regional conventional strategies and reuse of reclaimed development supplies in unconventional methods. A Tetris of outdated window shutters that type the doorways and flooring composed of a mosaic of discarded stone items is a testomony to this. Consequently, on-site coaching of native labor within the utilization of long-established strategies similar to mud mortar, oxide finishes, and Mangalore tile roofing was a mutually helpful course of for the studio as nicely.
A eager eye was offered to the detailing to showcase the materiality and textures of their uncooked type. Tessellations of pre-used Mangalore tiles sandwiched collectively by mud mortar type a majority of the partitions, creating earthy volumes that distinction the inexperienced lush backdrop. The CSEB (Compressed stabilized earth blocks) procured from Auroville have been made to match the peak and proportions of the Mangalore tiles. In an try to realize sprinkles of the summer season solar into the areas, reduce toughened glass items have been used as inserts in parts of the roof.
The tactility of the supplies used comes by means of within the bigger sense from the numerous smaller parts which have been fastidiously manicured from reclaimed objects. Near sixty-two window shutters from demolished homes have been repurposed and used as a module in various combos to create new doorways and home windows. Twenty such smaller small wood shutters make the main entrance door, every of which is dotted by brass knobs from family brassware. The edge on the rear is marked by a simplified imitation of the normal wood carved door, seen within the typical South-Indian home, however with a touch of blue.
The bathtub areas are illuminated by the pure solar that flows into the area brightening the hues of the pigmented oxide surfaces. The pre-chromed brass taps have been put in with out the manufacturing facility castored coating, the absence of which permits oxidation and the pure formation of patina. A kitchen utility aluminum vessel replaces the basin which sits on a coloured oxide counter, the colours of which differ for every room. The uncovered GI (Galvanised Iron) pipes within the bathe space and the unfastened Cudappah rubble flooring additional heighten the bucolic really feel.
Fixtures have been custom-detailed to enrich and distinction the area. Objects of significance within the South-Indian domiciliary such because the brass ‘kuthhuvilakku’ (conventional oil lamp) and the ‘kudam’ (pot used to move and maintain water) have been reworked playfully to meet the identical goal it was initially meant for i.e. the previous as a lightweight fixture and the latter as a spout filling water into the lotus pond. In principle, a tapered intricately carved column that helps the roof of the Outram is represented as an summary Gentle Metal model staggered in sections. The ‘vilakkumaadam’ or the obligatory placeholder for lamps, is playfully solid in coloured concrete and encapsulated within the tiled partitions, creating niches of pleasure.