This office cum residence that has been built as part of the Cannoli resort project in Kakkadapoyil near Nilambur in Kerala stands out for its unique construction method and fabulous design. The beautiful structure that is built without altering the natural layout of the plot that lies in multiple layers is eye-catching. Moreover, the construction was completed on an extremely pocket friendly budget of just Rs 18 lakh which makes it an amazing plan for middle class families.
The office cum residence is 100 % eco friendly as almost all the materials could be reused. So, this building could be dismantled and reassembled at a different location. Interestingly, there won’t be any wastage of building materials in such models of construction. Unlike the regular houses, this house didn’t have a pre drawn plan. The plan and the designs were drawn and finalized on the site itself.
Fiber cement boards have been screwed onto GI to make the outer structure. Meanwhile, tiles have been paved on the truss roof. Designed in 1000 sqft, this quaint abode has a lobby, spacious conference hall, a bedroom and a balcony.
The foundation is built a few feet above the ground level. The l section pillars that have been inserted in huge tar drums are what bear the weight of the house. The foundation, meanwhile, is built using V boards.
Noted architect Uvais Subbu is the designer of this mesmerizing office cum house. Uvais has shifted his base to Kerala, after associating with countless indigenous building projects in countries like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The construction of this office cum residence at Nilambur was completed in just three months.
A unique building technology that is environmental friendly and doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket has been used here. Interestingly, regular houses too could be built using this technology. As there aren’t any concrete walls, the interiors could be rearranged as and when required. For instance, the lobby and the conference hall in this office cum residence could be easily transformed into bedrooms or kitchen.
Limiting the use of concrete has played a vital role in keeping the expenses at bay. The structure is built by attaching fiber cement boards on GI. Roofing tiles procured from old houses have been reused here. Meanwhile, tiles that cost just Rs 50 per square feet have been used for flooring.
Location – Kakkadampoyil, Nilambur
Plot – 10 cents
Area – 1000 SFT
Owner – Team Cannoli
Architect – Uvais Subbu
Tropical Architecture Bureau, Manjeri
Mob – 9846168125
Budget – Rs 18 lakhs
Year of completion – February 2021
Pictures – Ajeeb Komachy