The design developed from the client’s brief, which was to have a modern house inspired from the family’s roots in Kerala, India. We looked towards traditional palace construction of Kerala for inspiration. We noticed a few key features that most of these structures portrayed, such as – the verandah that wrapped the living spaces all around, the appearance of a heavy masonry base on the ground floor, with thick arches and carved columns and a first floor which appeared to be lighter in terms of materials and overall treatment. This became the inspiration for the front façade of the building.
▼住宅正立面，the front facade
Carved columns, which are a prominent element of traditional Kerala architecture, were adopted but with a contemporary twist. We fashioned them using metal sheet, cut out to match the silhouette of a traditional column and placed as a cross. These columns frame the front of the house and sit on a large continuous overhanging balcony. The overhang in the front not only protects the south façade but also allows for ample cross ventilation.
▼南立面悬挑为住宅遮挡阳光，the overhang in the front protects the south façade from the sun
▼拥有传统特征的现代柱式，the traditional carved columns were adopted with a contemporary twist
The two sides of the building show the strong presence of exposed brick masonry. The earthy terracotta colour makes a direct reference to the materiality of Kerala architecture and stands in sharp contrast to the light metal balconies pushing through in the front and rear. Openings in the masonry are kept minimal in order to accentuate the openness in the front and rear. The undulating brick masonry is a playful interpretation of a Mangalore tiled roof surface – another element seen extensively in Kerala. The masonry swells out to allow for openings and is constructed using the Flemish bond. As the brick gradually corbels outwards, its negative imprint is seen on the inner side – almost as an acknowledgement of the drama outside!
▼波动的住宅侧立面，the undulating brick masonry
▼采用荷兰式砌合法，the masonry is constructed using the Flemish bond
▼墙面细部，detail of the wall
The planning has been kept simple. The open and continuous public and semi public spaces are on the ground floor along with the guest bedrooms. Individual private spaces for the couple and their children, along with a separate family area are on the first floor. The main exercise of designing the plan as an outward looking structure was to take full advantage of views. The front opens up to a quiet street and the rear to a park. A centrally located skylight over the staircase allows a mild draft of air by ventilating it at the upper level aiding the movement of air.
▼开放式规划，the open layout
▼波动的立面在内部营造了戏剧性的空间效果，the dramatic effect created by the undulating brick masonry
The use of materials for the interiors was also inspired by those seen in a traditional Kerala home. The combination of cane screens with teak wood is an attempt to add that element of nostalgia to an otherwise minimal interior. The continuous, almost monolithic granite floor helps further accentuate the open ground floor plan. The house is powered by solar panels placed on the roof of the structure.
▼空间中连续的花岗岩地板进一步强调了开放的空间布局，the continuous, almost monolithic granite floor helps further accentuate the open ground floor plan
▼二层卧室，bedroom on the upper floor
▼立面构成，composition of the facades
▼底层平面图，ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，the first floor plan
▼三层平面图，the second floor plan
▼屋顶露台平面，the terrace plan
Name of the project: Corbel House
Architect: Kamat & Rozario Architecture
Year of completion: 2018
Project Area: 3650 sq ft
Photographer: Niveditaa Gupta & Lester Rozario
Design Team: Smruti Kamat-Rozario, Lester Rozario & Divya Joseph
Project Architect: Divya Joseph
Cost: 15 million INR
Manufacturers/Products: St Gobain- Glass
Jaquar- Bathroom Fittings
Asian Paints- Paint
Kamat & Rozario Architecture