Harmonizing tradition and modernity: A Kerala retreat of timeless elegance

The exterior facade looks traditional and the GI truss roofing is paved with tiles. Photo: Special arrangement

This house seamlessly blends elements of both tradition and modernity. The owners, Venu and his family, who spent a considerable time in Mumbai, desired to return to Kerala and create a home that fully embraced traditional aesthetics. At first glance, the house exudes an aura of timelessness and seamlessly merges with its natural surroundings. All the trees have been preserved, and the landscaping was thoughtfully designed to harmonize with the existing flora.

On one side of the house stands the original 'Tharavadu' (traditional home), alongside a picturesque pond, while a verdant paddy field stretches out from the rear end of the compound.

The exterior facade looks traditional and the GI truss roofing is paved with tiles. Beneath this layer lies a ceiling made of tiles, creating a cavity space that effectively traps heat and contributes to maintaining a cooler atmosphere within the house. An inviting Padipura (entrance) blends with the theme. Traditional materials, including old wood, bricks, natural stone, tiles, etc, have been chosen specifically for the construction.

The ground level includes a porch, verandah, formal and family living rooms, dining, kitchen, work area, and two bedrooms. The upper level has two bedrooms and balconies. The verandah is an aesthetic and inviting element of this house. The L-shaped verandah with many windows, links the living and dining areas.

The dining area exudes elegance with its tasteful wooden furniture and Jaisalmer-stone flooring. Even the wash basin is thoughtfully crafted from wood, adding to the overall allure. Upstairs, the homeowners take delight in the balcony, which offers a splendid view of the lush surroundings.

The bedrooms strike a harmonious balance between traditional aesthetics and modern amenities. They feature bay windows that offer picturesque views of the surrounding green paddy fields.

The kitchen is generously spacious and is complemented by an adjoining work area. The cabinets are elegantly finished in wood. In essence, the house manifests the homeowners’ affection for Kerala and their desire to find solace in a tranquil abode.

Project Facts
Location: Kadambur, Palakkad
Owners: Venu & Sindhu
Design team: Arc. Anoop Nair, Sruthi K (Art on Architecture, Chalissery)
email- artonarchitecture@gmail.com

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