Chennai, India. 2007
PROGRAM: Remodelling of a house
CLIENT: Radhakrishnan and Saraswathi
AREA: 1600 Sqft
This re-modelling of an 80’s suburban Chennai house is a commentary on the prevailing culture of built form, visibly represented in the lack of security elements manifested as ‘steel grills’ on all its openings. The house is a two-storey structure re-organized based on its relationship with the neighbours, street and natural environment. Structurally, the re-organization maintains the linearity of the built form along the east-west axis by retaining the 2 exterior walls and a central median wall. Interventions were restricted to the front and rear end of the house along this axis and the spaces within were organized along these 3 walls from the original structure. A screen made of cuddapah pieces from construction waste faces the street in the form a gabion wall and is an interpretation of security grills. This façade also allows the eastern light to penetrate through the openings between the random placement of cudappah pieces and lights up the entry court. The rear facade opens out to the backyard at the ground level and a terrace with a lily pond at the upper level both of which remain in the shadow of a mango tree throughout the day. The house, remodelled for the architect’s retired parents, is about the liberation of space and simplicity through the authentic expression of material textures.
Team: Mahesh Radhakrishnan, Dhanasekar, Vidhya Mohankumar, Deepa Suriyaprakash, Susan Raju, Anbu Ekambaram, Carola Winnie
Project Management: moad
Made in Chennai – The Hindu Aug 30 2008