Situated on the edge of a mountain in Peeremedu, India, ‘The Ledge’ by Wallmakers is based on a dream sequence of spatial experiences, drawing from a child-like whim to jump from the top of a cliff or the human desire to walk into the clouds from a mountain top.
Blending with the natural landscape, the roof and external walls of the building are made of treated Casuarina poles. This is a fast-growing tree of the region that is typically considered to produce low-value wood and is thus often for scaffolding of fencing applications.
A long span Casuarina-ferrocement composite roof is supported with the help of Casuarina trees planted in the central courtyard of the house. The Casuarina poles on the roof are staggered and placed at different levels so that they can double up as supporting poles for an outdoor party space with tables and benches.
In addition to the local use of Casuarina, large amounts of loose stone recovered during excavation were ultimately found and used in an improvised SHOBRI (Shuttered Debris) wall.
Given the hillside location, glazed openings are positioned to retain heat while taking in spectacular views of the valley. Grills are a collage of scrap table trays and wasted cut pieces of wood, while the flooring of the house comes from wasted cut pieces of wood.
The result is a dream-like space that makes the most of two worlds – life inside a mountain and up on a ledge in the clouds.