Location: Kerala, India
Area: 1,50,000 Sq Ft | 40 Acres
Client: C & C Hotels Pvt. Ltd
In Kumarakom, Kerala. A boutique project in close proximity to the Arabian Sea, the objective was to offer an indulgent retreat experience of life amidst the backwaters. In order to craft a built volume within the natural site scape, this natural landscape is retained and exploited for primary movement, as the site is predominantly flooded for most part of the year. Traditional references have informed the design of the villas; such as the basic module Nalukettu, where four blocks built around a courtyard into which the roof slopes on four sides, protecting an internal verandah from rain and sun. The roof form, derived from a tree and the traditional boat, creates a wind tunnel effect to regulate internal temperatures. Environmental concerns dictated the form development and help to regulate the microclimate within the resort. Location and orientation of the villas is optimized to achieve maximum porosity to westerly winds, leading to wind movement acceleration throughout the site.