A non-conformist tale of cantilevers and light comes alive in this Thiruvananthapuram home by Studio TAB
JAN 29, 2024 | By Aanya Jain
Overlooking the expansive land below, this home by Studio TAB makes a mark among the boulders. A sprawling plot of 9,000 sq ft is host to this 5,000 sq ft home in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Principal Architects Rahul Das Menon and Ojas Chaudhari, along with lead architect Jerin Joseph have made an escape that blurs the line between architecture and interior design. The architecture leads into interior spaces and all interior spaces open into landscape elements.
Bold amongst the boulders
Given that the plot was located in quite an inaccessible area, it was a tough challenge to construct the home. Large immovable rocks had to be built around, adding a layer of complexity to the floor plan. The team at Studio TAB well and truly managed to design spaces that aided cross-ventilation and maximise views, and make use of the terrain around.
The homeowner had a clear vision for the space, which was to be used as a second home. She wanted spaces that did not replicate the traditional architecture seen around – the spaces were to be non-conformist.
Calculated, cantilevered and composed
A long and uphill drive lined with pineapple foliage alongside brings one to the home perched among the boulders. Bold and juxtaposed, it is by no means hidden among the natural terrain. Framed cantilevered boxes define the structure resting on the jagged topography. An awe-inspiring entry, the porch is flanked by a cantilevered balcony on one side, and a monolithic black wall on the other side. Open to the sky, sun-light funnels into the porch, giving reason to pause. The openness of the landscape outside continues as one enters the house.
A living room with a double height ceiling sits on one side of the entryway. Large windows let in light and allow for the much needed cross-ventilation. The living room forms the core of the home, accessible to most other spaces.
A circular cut-out within a wall beyond the living area draws intrigue. Peeping through the cut out, one sees the contemporary kitchen beside the dining area filled with natural light. The dining table itself is one of the talking points of this home. The base is a singular rock that has been present on the plot since the very start. Since it was near impossible to move it, and counterproductive to break and relocate it, the architects decided to turn it into a dining table.
Muted and relatively simple, this home aligns with the dream the homeowner and architects had for it. “We were keen on keeping the house in symphony with the natural surrounding of mountainous terrain and green cover”, explains Rahul.
Attention to detail can be seen at the macro and micro levels, sticking firmly to the studio’s design philosophy. “We adopted the vernacular methodology of planning and techniques within a framework of contemporary design. The design has been heavily hinged on climatic factors”, concludes Rahul.