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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

Description (parts): “Set 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 (…).”

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