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Atisaya Wellness Retreat, Yercaud

Atisaya retreat is a project envisaged around a century old British Bungalow in Yercaud. Compact and modern lifestyle cottages are planned around green patches of gardens. Seamless connect between interior and exterior spaces through patios, verandas and gardens make it a haven for inmates.

The theme for the resort is based on wellness and healthy living. The layout has an Ayurvedic Spa and Kitchen which serves organic food. Jogging tracks, passive and active recreation facilities, spaces for yoga, meditation etc. aims at holistic wellness.

Prakriti Living Earth, Kumily

Living earth is a nature living project in the Cardamom Hills of western ghats. An eco-sensitive approach to carve out living spaces in the canvas of tall and wild trees, spice plantations and breathtaking surroundings. Trails are made without disturbing a single tree, paved with stabilized mud-paths. Drainage swales are made of reused terracotta tiles. Cottages use dry-rubble masonry for retaining walls and foundations. Stabilized and rammed earth walls for super-structure and mountain grass for roofs. Rustic interiors, oxide floors and robust wooden furniture. Zero use of concrete is maintained throughout the project. Climate allows for a low energy footprint.

Mankulam Hill Resort, Munnar

This resort at Munnar on the old Munnar Road is a luxury holiday destination. Located in a steeply sloping terrain overlooking a beautiful valley and blue mountains in the horizon, the rooms have splendid view and utmost privacy. Expressly landscaped premises will feature indigenous landscape’s true spirit. Flowing streams, waterbodies and large, perching rock boulders immerse the visitor in the landscape.

Trellis Green Concept, Cochin

Trellis Green is a group of villas coming up in a valley in the midlands of Cochin. The architectural concept for Trellis Green housing project takes cues from the vernacular architecture and reinterprets them in a Tropical Modern approach. The element of nature is brought into the living spaces  while keeping ventilation, insect control, security and privacy. An innovative approach, which defines new trends in Tropical Asian Architecture.

Villa Project at Kalapetty

This is a Villa Project designed in Kalapetty in a rich colonial architectural style. The design of villas feature very compact planning, while achieving good productivity and style for eco-friendly sub-urban living. Envisaged as an eco-friendly community, this project is set to become model for fringe cities.

Pynadath Courtyard, Nedumbassery

This upcoming residential project in Nedumbassery is set in a nut-meg grove. The sprawling residence sports open planning around large landscaped courtyards. Designed with climatic architectural considerations, the house receives plenty of daylight and ventilation, suitable for its warm-humid setting.

Colonial influenced exteriors features eclectic and simple interiors and landscape. Living spaces of the residence is set around a huge courtyard with large sliding openings, connecting the indoors seamlessly with the outdoors. The bedroom section opens into yet another courtyard. Decks, patios and balconies enrich the living experience of these spaces.

ICRIT – Ecological Site Planning

Ecological Site Analysis and Site Planning were carried out for the International Cancer Research Institute at Trivandrum. Proposed in a campus of over 30 acres of land in a steep terrain, the site analysis aimed at preserving and conserving ecological features of the site. The detailed vegetation and hydrology study resulted in protection of drainage channels and existing biodiversity. The site planning carefully delineated various functions while preserving a large part of the site as conservation area. Also accessibility, noise levels, traffic control etc were considered while placing the research institute, housing areas, palliative care zone, healing landscapes etc.

Resort at Yercaud

Tucked away in the natural slopes of the Eastern Ghats in Yercaud, this resort planning takes an eco-sensitive approach of minimum disturbance to topography, soil, vegetation and natural drainage. The structures and cottages are planned in such a way as to preserve the outstanding beauty of nature.

WIMS Ecological Site Planning

Ecological Site Analysis and Site Planning for the Wayanad Institute of Medical sciences involved study of the topography, soil structure, contours, slope, hydrology, vegetation etc. A comprehensive site analysis of the existing land enabled effective site planning. Further, detailed landscape layout plan was developed with site sections and detailing of key features.

 

Kallar Jungle Resort, Western Ghats

An eco friendly resort conceived in the western ghats with the naturally beautiful site full of tall trees and large rocks creating a forest atmosphere. The site has a long water frontage of about 400m of the Kallar River, which continuously makes the humming sound of flowing water where the river bed is full of rocks. The entire theme is worked out for an eco friendly site planning and development, which will make least disturbance to the land, trees, rocks, streams and so on. This land of 12 acres have many caves within it which almost connects from one end to the other end of the site. The architecture is to follow the traditional style of the tribal huts with a bamboo theme, with tree cottages becoming a specialty.

Farm Retreat, Sembarankulam

This project is located in a remote and serene location at Sembarankulam on the Western Ghats. The first phase consisted of developing an organic farm in 100 acres of land. The farm is one of the largest organic farms in southern india supplying organic vegetables to select shops and bulk-buyers in Chennai and Bangalore. Ecological site planning encompassing several large reservoirs has ensured most-effective water-harvesting & soil conservation and at the same time, adding aesthetic appeal to the organic farm.

The Farm retreat project is located in 5 acres of land right in the middle of the organic farm. The project is conceived as 100% prefabricated construction technique, using Tata Bluescope’s ‘eazy-build & smart-build’ options for the shell and Gyproc for the interiors. As the project is in remote location, it was very difficult to find skilled-labour for construction. The pre-fab approach proved to be eco-friendly, cost-effective and time-saving.

Wetland Park, Vembanad Estuary

Wetland Park a conservation and research centre for Wetland eco-system, its flora and fauna is proposed in one of the islands in the Vembanad Estuary. The park itself will be a live demonstration centre for wetland ecology, mangroves, life cycles of its avian, terrestrial and aquatic fauna.

The project consists of an interpretation loop comprising of walkways, boardwalks, hanging bridges and a parasol ride. A wetlnd interpretation centre is proposed, where initial orientation will be given to the visitors. The eco-sensitive design of the interpretation centre follows the theme of traditional boat architecture. A wetland resech station is proposed in the site, which will become an on-site research station for the department of environmental studies at the local university.

Poomully Ayurveda Mana, Peringode

This Ayurvedic Treatment Center was blessed with beutiful traditional structures of the famous Poomully Mana, built in the Kerala Architecture Style. An adaptive resue of the old structures into rooms for accomodation and treatments followed by a simple landscape to highlight the Architectural Beauty of the entire complex, has given rise to the most sought after Ayurvedic Resort of the state. Later more rooms and amenities were added following the traditional architectural style of the locale.

 

Fort Cochin & Mattancherry Heritage Zone : Development & Management Strategy

Biley Menon was appointed as National Expert for working on a Development & Management strategy for the Fort Cochin and Mattancherry Heritage Zone by UNESCO – New Delhi. A local team of Architects, Conservation Architects and Landscape Architects worked in the leadership of Biley Menon under a group of Senior International and National experts – Cristina Iamandi (Conservation Architect & Urban Planner, France), Prof. KT Ravindran (Architect & Urban Designer, New Delhi) Azziza Alsageer (Conservation Architect & GIS Expert, Yemen), Nocole Bolomey (Landscape Architect, UNESCO New Delhi) and Paromita DeSarkar (Conservation Architect, UNESCO New Delhi).

The team worked in two phases involving onsite surveys & documentations. The UNESCO New Delhi office has come up with a Development & Management Strategy for the Fort Cochin & Mattancherry Heritage Zone including an action plan and way forward integrating conservation and development.

Good Earth, Kottayam

A housing project on the sloping terrains in the midlands of Kottayam. A steeply sloping site of 8 Acres with access at several levels, site planning held the key for the entire development. Promoted by eco-friendly builders, the project was carried out with lush green landscape planned for the the entire project area. The blocks are designed to bring a unique character to the entire housing complex. The slopes were negotiated by split level planning and thus maintaining the natural landscape intact as much as possible. Planned to have a water harvesting system based on a lake planned in the central green space.

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