Rajesh wanted his brand–new house at Kazhakkoottam in Thiruvananthapuram to be a perfect modern abode that caters to the needs and interests of a small family. This single storey house stands in 5 cents; but barely feels like it has been built on such a smaller plot. Moreover, he wanted his dream dwelling to stand out from the regular contemporary style homes that are aplenty in Kerala. The structure has been designed to suit the unique layout of the small plot.
As the plot was a swamp, the foundation had to be made strong and sturdy using piling. The plot faces the south direction. As there aren’t any shading trees in the plot, the harsh sun light that comes from the south heats up the interiors. However, the designers had anticipated this and had designed the elevation to effectively combat it.
The sun shades cover the windows and blocks the sunlight that comes in from the south. This is what grants the elevation its unique box shape. Moreover, the louver windows block the heat from entering the house to a great extent.
Designed in 1250 sqft, this amazing abode has a sit out, living and dining areas, kitchen and two bedrooms. The interiors have been designed in the open style to ensure vaster spaces. Interestingly, an additional floor could be constructed, if required, in the future.
The tall wall beside the dining area ensures an enclosed space which has been turned into a green courtyard. Skylights have been built at many spots on the ceiling to fill the interiors with golden sunshine.
There are only two bedrooms in the house as the couple has only a son. Both bedrooms are bath attached and have wardrobe facilities.
The compact kitchen has everything within the hand’s reach. There isn’t a separate work area here.
The family says that it is easy to maintain the house as it is simple and minimal. Moreover, they are glad that the small spaces ensure warmth and better communication between the family members.
Location – Kazhakkoottam, Thiruvananthapuram
Plot – 5 cents
Area – 1250 SFT
Owner – Rajesh
Design – Manoj
Mcube Design, Trivandrum
Mob – 90614 93637
Year of completion - 2021