Project: The Walls and Vaults House
Location: Kanjirapally, Kerala, India
Client: Mr. Biju and Family
Completion: September 2015
Architect: LIJO.RENY.architects, Thrissur, Kerala
Design team: Ar. Reny Lijo and Ar. Lijo Jos
Contractors: Saji and Binu, Kanjirapilly
Photographs: Praveen Mohandas, Suneesh Suresh and LRa.
– IIA State Award – GOLD LEAF for Excellence in Architecture (Residences)- (2015)
– Vanitha Veedu Architecture Awards – Best Home Award – (2016)
– AD50 – The 50 most influential names in Architecture and Design, Architectural Digest – (2016)
– Nomination for Indian Institute of Architects – National Awards (2015)
– Nomination for the Best Practice of the year Award by Trends Magazine (based on this project) (2015)
The project is a modest, single-storied residence for a family of six that finds its roots in a humble brief by the clients. The residence, housing the clients’ parents and kids, is located on a site that experiences contrasting climatic conditions; long, heavy monsoons for a few months and sweltering heat for the rest.
The House viewed from the road
These challenges facilitated the modelling of the core design principles for the project, emphasizing the studio’s penchant to craft site specific design solutions.
The site is flanked by a road on three of its sides. In order to reduce the structure’s visibility from these roads it has been gracefully tucked into the gentle slope of the side, aiding its privacy.
Alongside this, the materials and colours for the house, such as the stone wall, exposed concrete, natural stone flooring and teakwood along with lush tropical vegetation have been carefully chosen and strategically purposed in order to pacify its physical appearance and merge it with its surroundings.
The layout consists of two primary linear bays of vaulted rooms that are separated by a partly open to sky landscaped court in the centre. A connecting passage runs parallel throughout the entire length of these bays.
Two enclosed, open to sky landscaped courts bind the primary bays on its external sides respectively.
Locally sourced granite has been used for the externally visible walls and they have been crafted using local masonry techniques.
The open to sky landscaped courts in the house are abutted by these stone walls, which act as thermal barriers. They also present the residence with the necessary privacy to the desired spaces.
This results in a secure home with relaxing interiors, during the harsh rains and the gruelling heat.
A young firm, LIJO.RENY.architects is a multiple award-winning firm that works from a small studio based in Thrissur, Kerala. The Walls and Vaults House, like their other projects, is a distinguished result of consistent experimentation with architecture. Their profound love for art keeps them inspired, instigating them to innovate contemporary sensibilities in the architecture that they practice.
– Tanvi Naik ,Volume Zero.