HAVEN Residence / VSP Architects
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Manufacturers: Hafele, jaquar, Aluminum toast
Vipin Prabhu and Sruthi Bijunath
‘HAVEN’ is located near Vytila interchange in Cochin, one of the busiest and most densely populated regions of the city. The irregular shape of the plot, which was narrow at the front and wider at the back, along with the surrounding close-knit context, presented a challenge in designing spaces that were open, with ample natural ventilation and light, while ensuring privacy.
This was achieved through careful articulation of the plan, which was deliberately kept fluid, with large open spaces and courtyards to compensate for the reduced openings to the outside. Courtyards act as connectors between the main residential areas and help create an open atmosphere, full of natural night and greenery, despite the introverted planning. In addition, skylights were added above the courtyard after careful consideration of the sun’s path along the plot, creating an ever-changing play of light inside.
There is a continuous visual connection in the east-west direction, from the sit-out at the entrance to the intimate veranda at the rear of the house. This also forms a primary air circulation route and aids in narrowing the openings on the north and south sides to ensure the privacy of surrounding residences. The open terraces, designed using concrete flat slabs, contribute to the horizontality of the house, along with multifunctional spaces.
The earth tones give the house a unique character. Rat trap bond is used for brick masonry, helping to reduce heat and optimize cost savings. The material palette is a combination of Kota stone, reclaimed wood, exposed concrete and brick, helping to create a rustic, yet sophisticated atmosphere. Specially designed mild steel grilles are strategically placed to ensure visual privacy in certain areas. The landscaping in the courtyards and outdoor areas consists of predominantly tropical, low-maintenance species, creating a lush tropical feel to the spaces. Furthermore, solar panels and a rainwater collection system have been built in as sustainable solutions for saving energy and raw materials.