A Traditional Kerala Style House From The South Of India
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Traditional Kerala architecture is a famous style of South India, which is primarily based on the science of carpentry principles which are known as Thachu Shastra, and the science of architecture & construction known as Vastu Shastra. A central, airy courtyard is essential in a traditional Kerala home, and that is why a pond edge courtyard design creates the heart of this 2400 square foot residence in Palakkad. Designed by i2a Architects for Mr. Rajeev & family, this house was created with a fundamental concept ‘Idanazhi’, which in regional language means corridor. The light-filled hallway establishes easy flow through every open area of the home, keeping family members close and connected.
The Poomukham, or entrance porch, represents the first interior space of the house. It is located under a sloping clay tile roof, which is supported by cement pillars. Once upon a time, the head of the family would settle on the Poomukham in a reclining chair, equipped with a thuppal kolambi (spit).
Once within the traditional Kerala Style architecture, a more modern atmosphere brings the interior to the realms of contemporary home design. Elegant round coffee table design combines natural wood grain with trendy matte black finished frame. A lined upholstered sofa and chair set sharp silhouettes. A cut white wall paint makes a fresh contradiction to interior exposed masonry feature walls.
A wooden deck chair is set up on the tiled floor of the courtyard as a place for the homeowner to come and relax, reflect or converse with family members in the kitchen through the open kitchen window. Another clay musharabi screen climbs to the full height of the two-story courtyard design, where it filters out the strong sunlight, offers a cooling breeze and forms an interesting sculptural element.
The bedrooms are large and spacious with airy high ceilings. A Moroccan quarter-bed and a matching desk inject elements of a warm wood tone into the simple white decorative scheme. Wooden bookshelves are stacked over the home workshop to provide practical storage. A small piece of bedroom wall decoration adds some color over a pair of luxurious gray accent pillows and a matching bed throw.
In the second bedroom, raw gray concrete decoration builds a more grumpy atmosphere. A wooden reading chair is located under a high window to form a quiet reading song. Wooden liter units fly the bed with a cohesive matching tone. Small indoor plants punctuate the dark bedroom decor with moments of edifying greenery and soft texture.
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