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Shikharam Residence – Honorable mention in architectural design

Design: Wallmakers

Lead Architect: Ar. Vinu Daniel
Team: Ar. J.M.Srivarshini, Ar. Gayatri Maithani, Ar. Sagar Kudtarkar, Ar. Pushkar Sharma, Ar. Swathi, Ar.Oshin Varughese;
Interns: Vineeth AC, Apoorva Goutam, Harshita G Tophakhane, Smit Zalavadia, Nihal Gafoor, Ayush Nair, Vardhan
Other participants: Structural contractors: Adcons Infrastructure Pvt Ltd; Fabrication team: Kunjumon James -J.K steels; Carpenters : Sharath Prasad and team; Masons: Deepu and team
Photo credits: Jino Sam, Siddharth,Akash Sharma and Sagar Kudtarkar


TSet against one of the silent hilltops of Trivandrum, the site was the highest point in that particular part of the woods. The client defined himself as somebody who loves to travel. He has travelled to distant lands in the country and the Himalayas caught his imagination the most. He said that he was lucky that his plot too was a lovely hilltop. The hilltop however was directly facing the west sun. One had to hold a hand to shield the eyes from the harsh west sun. That ‘hand’ was reimagined as a slanting wall along the site giving birth to the concept of the residence – Shikhara [Peak]. The wall, brutal but a shade from the harsh light was to be made from the materials procured from the land itself [this is a prerogative of Wallmakers as we do an exclusive sustainable practice]. The mud procured by excavating the rainwater harvesting tank, however presented a problem. The rocky terrain soil was filled with pebbles and debris [big and small] which was unsuitable for making mud bricks. Therefore, the technique Shuttered Debris Wall was used. Materials used in Construction: 1. Shuttered Debris Wall: This wall construction technique involves mixing cement, soil and waste materials of various sizes(coarse aggregate) ranging from 10mm -70mm skilfully to give a strong wall ( 5.2MpA compressive strength) What is waste? Waste can be classified as anything that was produced, used and then discarded from its original function. While the work and construction process results in the production of a lot of scrap, we believe in not being deterred by this demon and instead building with it’ 2. Waste wood – Cut wooden scrap pieces have been joined to make furniture like beds kitchen cabinets, doors, etc. 3. Aluminium coin sheet – The perforated sheets of aluminium act as a semi-transparent screen, allowing us to have a clearer view of the exterior. 4. Cement Board – The interior bridge and the staircase treads are made out of cement fibre board with polish to finish. 5. Oxide – Floor and selected walls have been finished with grey and white oxides. Thus the slanting waste material wall and a view to withhold was born.