Timeless Thrissur ‘tharavadu’ combines contemporary elegance and antiquity

Resilient plants like calathea, effectively mitigated the intrusion of dust and noise from the nearby road. Photo: Special arrangement

Sarada Vihar is a 70-year-old, renowned ‘tharavadu’ in Thrissur. Here is the story of its renovation that was taken up with meticulous reverence for tradition and an unwavering commitment to the contemporary.

The house stood by the main road and a lot of dust, whipped up from the thoroughfare, got deposited there. For this, the height of the compound wall was increased and a ring of bamboo trees were planted along the perimeter.

The outdoor space was artfully landscaped, featuring resilient plants like calathea, which effectively mitigated the intrusion of dust and noise from the nearby road.

The outdoor view of the house showcases a striking composition: a cantilever-style projected box, elegant Louvre windows, walls adorned with laterite cladding, and crowned by an old-world tiled roof.

The wood-like finish is achieved with finesse through the use of Fundermax cladding panels, adorning the main gate and two smaller entrances. The compound walls are covered with extensive laterite panelling.

The house’s piece de resistance is undeniably its verdant courtyard, accessible both from within the residence and via the porch. A touch of timeless elegance is lent by the traditional 'Tulasi thara' gracing this enchanting space.

The 3,100-square-foot abode’s lower level gracefully encompasses the porch, living area, dining space, kitchen, sitout, courtyard, work area, and two bedrooms. Ascending to the upper level reveals three more bedrooms and a charming balcony.

The living room exudes a timeless old-world charm, where carefully refurbished antique furniture finds its place. The walls serve as a gallery for framed photos, completing the elegant ambiance.

The living and dining areas seamlessly connect via a dry courtyard and a connecting passage. Ascending the stairs, a beautiful bay window awaits, with a concealed storage area beneath. Additionally, a sliding door on the side offers versatility, transforming the space into a cozy extra room for accommodating additional guests.

The bedrooms are adorned with refurbished, meticulously polished antique furniture, giving the impression that the house has retained its original character and may not appear renovated at first glance.

Project facts:
Location: Thrissur
Plot: 9 cents
Area: 3100 sq ft
Owners: Dr. Ananda Keshavan, Dr. Sujatha
Design: 7th Hue Architecture Studio

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