MANTHA FARMHOUSE

Research Areas

Sustainability 

Vernacular methods

Organic Farming 

TEAM : Harika Bommu (Junior Architect), Latha Kovelamudi (Principle Architect), Padma Mahadevan (Associate Architect) 

TIMELINE : January 2015-December 2018

SITE AREA : 17 Acres

ROLE : Project Manager, Designer

Methods

Working drawings 

Site study

Site analysis

Detailing 

Design Kit

AutoCAD

Sketch-up

Photoshop

I worked on the design refinement, project co-ordination and team management of a farmhouse lying on the outskirts of a metropolitan city in the south of India. The design language of the house is an amalgamation of traditional architecture practices of the region with sustainability as a driving factor. 

Visual elements that inspired our design language

The sloping roofs, enclosed with Mangalore tiles was inspired from the traditional Kerala houses. Adobe bricks were made with the mud found on the site.  One of the main features of the house is the deconstruction of the traditional "Arugu" which acts as an interplay between the open, semi-open and closed spaces to create an engaging environment to the user. This also separates the blocks and gives privacy to the individuals but also links them through passages with great visuals. 

Time lapse of the building's growth

My Role

  • Apart from acting as a human scale for building measurement (See image to the right) I started off by providing hundreds of working drawings to the site using AutoCad and SketchUp. 

  • After understanding the full reach of the project I was promoted to the role of a Project Co-ordinator where I was responsible for communicating between teams(vendors, interns, office) 

  • My favorite activity was visiting the site, talking to vendors and learning first hand from them. 

 Mantha-A photoseries