Manjadi House of the bead tree

Manjadi House of the bead tree

Architect
NO Architects Designers and Social Artists
Location
Kollam, Kerala, India | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
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Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Crome Plated Sanitary FittingsGROHE
PaintsAsian Paints
Weathered SteelCorten
UPVC windowsFenesta
Kombifix concealed Cistern, Alpha 15 Control Plate Bright ChromeGeberit
Innotech Regular Baskets, Moving Corner Basket, Quadro Channel, Knumatic Pump 500N, Orgatray 450HETTICH

Product Spec Sheet
Crome Plated Sanitary Fittings
by GROHE
Paints
Weathered Steel
by Corten
UPVC windows
by Fenesta
Kombifix concealed Cistern, Alpha 15 Control Plate Bright Chrome
by Geberit
Innotech Regular Baskets, Moving Corner Basket, Quadro Channel, Knumatic Pump 500N, Orgatray 450
by HETTICH

Manjadi House of the bead tree

NO Architects Designers and Social Artists as Architects

The project is a climatically efficient home rooted in the cultural context of India , which is the result of several iterations and explorations through a continuous design process. The house is built on a West facing site, with a remarkable old Bead tree, commonly called ‘ Manjadi ’ , right at the entrance. This leguminous tree with a rough textured bark, bright polished red seeds and vibrant green leaves inspired the project , from the inception of design.

 

It has an open plan with freely flowing spaces and connected volumes to overcome the limitations of a linear foot print . The green court and water garden added for passive cooling , acts as an open to sky, family space protected from the harsh tropical weather.

 

The interior of the house is defined by an interplay of light, darkness and colours. The master bedroom on the first floor opens to a linear balcony with a slidable wooden partition , for protection from the afternoon heat. It also has a weathered steel jalli on the outer façade, with an intricate water cut pattern, that filters the twilight sun. It resembles a lantern at night , paying homage to the rich craft heritage of India. The kitchen is a more utilitarian version of a traditional As ian kitchen , in pastel shades.

 

The colour palette displays a sharp contrast of earthen tones with different hues of blue, accentuated by a combination of warm and white lighting. Both the exteriors and interiors show hints of the magical blue , in varying shades.

 

The landscape design for this house introduc es varying colours and textures to the native lush green flora of the tropics. The plants are individually picked to create a unique sustainable combination, that requires minim al maintenance.

 

A nyone who has spent their childhood roaming the green and verdant landscape of rural Kerala would have fond memories of collecting the seeds of Manjadi tree that resembles rubies. The wild beauty of these seeds, combined with their relative rarity made them cove ted objects to kids. This tree also forms an integral part of the cultural landscape of India depicted in many folktales and stories. This subtle addition of nature inspired aesthetics, ha s transform ed a contemporary utilitarian house into a tropical livi ng space, with a unique Indian identity .

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