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Wallmakers

Calicut, Kerala, India-673001

St. George Orthodox Church, Public Spaces-Religious Buildings

With increasing demand over resources, it is the responsibility of architects to use materials with very less embodied energy. Mud as a material can be expressed in its true form through various methods like earth blocks, rammed earth, wattle and daub and many more.

The exploratory spirit combined with pressing demands our designs are born; which are evolved through a series of dialogues between the masons, architects, clients and an immediate understanding of the site and the surrounding. Rammed earth and compressed earth blocks are dominant materials in the design process.

St. George Orthodox church at mattanchery was the first church of Christians in the land of spices (Kerala, India) set in A.D.1615. The head of the Christian sect of Kerala took a brave step in rebuilding (keeping the foundation intact) this monument.

Wallmakers explained to the client the possibilities of earth architecture and the historic importance of arches and vaults in religious edifices. The resulting partnership produced magic aimed with reinstating earth architecture in south India, this was prime opportunity.

The concept of domes, vaults and arches rose from early symbols of eastern Christianity like marthoma cross finally ending in an altar blessed by a "cross of light" a concept by Ar.Tado Ando but in this case by earth bricks, by nature.

The masons received training by the architect himself in building with compressed stabilised earth block using ancient Nubian technology of arch and vault building without extensive shuttering (revitalized in early 20th century by Ar.Hassan Fathy).

The project led to training of various students of architecture who have come to understand the importance of building with earth to have a better future.

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Inside view of the main hall from the altar

Inside view of the main hall from the altar

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St.George orthodox koonan kurishu church, Mattanchery

St.George orthodox koonan kurishu church, Mattanchery

ZingyEdit: An organic innovation in the form of arches, acts as an impeccable facade element inviting interest and a wow factor within the design.

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ZingyEdit: Elliptical arches done in brickwork becomes an unparalleled element, requiring efficiency in terms of form along with a skilled labor.

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ZingyEdit: Travelling up to the sky through the layers of bricks.

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ZingyEdit: Glimpse through the abode of bricks amidst the layer of arches, this area within the project gives a peaceful notion, incorporating element of introspection.

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Mattancherry Section

Mattancherry Section

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Final Church Plan

Final Church Plan

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