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Folkdesign DEEPAK

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India-600013

Brick house in Chennai, Residential-Single family dwelling

Situated among the confined neighborhood of Washermenpet, Chennai, the site is a 950 sqft house led by a 40 feet passageway. The clients needed an extension of an existing home and had a very limited budget. The word ventilation and coziness constantly resonated when we interacted with the clients. The challenge was to provide a well-furnished sustainable home in an affordable budget. The forty-year-old building was renovated with a cautious approach to sustainability. All the walls were load bearing and followed the same footprint of the base structure, except the partition walls which was manipulated to form the patterns and openings. Enough cross ventilations were made to passively cool the house all around the year. Sticking to a limited allowance, we compromised on generic finishes and instead went with a more sustainable approach. The ceiling boards and closets were made of reclaimed OSB boards. All the handle and fixtures were customized on site.

We have always idolized the use of color in India, right from its vernacular architecture to the modern buildings that we see today. To contrast the earthen tone of bricks, teal paint was used to accent certain elements of the project. Through honest expression of materials this house becomes a timeless marvel. All structural wall used Rat trap bonds which not only creates a pleasing aesthetic, it performs as a thermal mass for the building. Built-in seating was provided near windows which reduces the implied cost of purchasing new furniture. Handmade cement tiles and exposed lime plaster furnished the interior with a homely perception of the yester year. Working closely with the masons we were able to retain the old methodologies of vernacular construction, and still succeed in maintaining the contemporary aesthetics of the present-day. This industrious approach to build and design reduces associated wasted energy (often synonymous with demolishing the old and building something modern and new), all the while successfully preserving and celebrating the certain charm that comes with a house of this era.

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Client
Elangovan
Area (in sq.ft)
1,900
Cost (INR)
3,000,000
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