LIGHTNESS OF BEING
” It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see ” – Thoreau
When architecture attempts to merge two paradoxical forces, there arises a metaphorical meaning to what has been achieved. The concept of ‘lightness’ generally relates to the physical weight of objects or materials. In the realm of design, it can take a surrealistic stance when used to alter the perceived visual mass and ambiance.
Located at the coastal city of Kozhikode in Kerala, the project was given an architectural envelope that orientates to the north providing privacy to the entrance facade.
The house rests within a completely inwards focused environment, separating both the social and co-existence space on the ground floor and the private space on the upper floor.
There are vast concrete slabs that float and interlace with each other creating living spaces, while glass – a prevailing element in the project – helps to demarcate the interior spaces, without dissecting them from the lush foliage in the external areas.
The benevolent qualities of wood put to use at the roof level ensures that the ambient temperature within the house stays comfortable and helps to further the natural connect with the surrounding nature and greenery.
Most client’s briefs categorically state that they want the homes to be uncluttered. The underlying reason for this being that among other functions it must serves, the home is where one heads back to for rest and rejuvenation.