Prakriti Aawaas is an upcoming Eco Community villa project at Kakkanad, Cochin. Set in prime urban location, the masterplan carefully carves out an eco-sensitive project in the valley. Keeping the green-mosaic as the primary concept, the layout is developed with clusters of villas engulfed in the greenery. Ample yards around the villas allow organic vegetable gardens to be developed in the backside. The villas are set around a large central courtyard, which contains club and swimming pool.
Villa’s habitable spaces are designed around a courtyard. Simple and effective planning ensures minimum wastage of space. All rooms are provided with ample daylight and ventilation. Several features such as exposed brick walls, stone masonry, courtyard, terrace garden, organic vegetable garden, verandas, balconies, bay-windows etc aims at providing a lively experience.
This traditional house on the backwaters of Kumbalanghi had undergone an intense restoration process to get itself converted into a heritage hotel with 7 Keys and 20 Cover Poolside Restaurant. The traditional charm of the building was reinvented through a surgical effort for removing a later concrete addition to this structure. Located right at the entrance to the Kumbalanghi Island, this project marks the entrance to the Model Tourism Village. The premise is expressly landscaped with indigenous plants and local grass lawns.
The project won Indian Institute of Architects State Award 2008 for Excellence in Architecture.
Jury Report Excerpts:The Heritage Methanam, is a renovation and re-adaptation of a bungalow of colonial character into a small hotel. The intervention was very carefully handled removing certain unfitting elements like concrete porch and introducing tiled roofs and courts and new staircases substantially improving the quality of spaces and befitting detailing to existing elements. The introduction of traditional wooden partitions and rustic flooring were commendable. On the whole, the building renovation and adaptive reuse showed a maturity in intervention and conservation.
The Wild Orchid Estates sits on a naturally beautiful, gently sloping terrain of Yercaud. Flanged by coffee estates and forest lands, this property is lush green and blessed with plenty of large trees and variety of plants. Wild Orchid Estates is planned in 75 acres of land. This is planned as a eco-community project with members owning estate acres along with holiday homes. The project is planned with all common facilities for passive and active recreation. Plantation crops of coffee and aromatic plants are preserved and enhanced. Landscape of the campus become the unifying and unique feature of the project, which attempts to exhibit the genius of the eastern ghats. The public areas are treated with such finesse giving an international and yet natural feel.
Luxury & Eco-friendly holiday villas of Wild Orchid were designed with minimum ecological footprint. The design incorporated a seamless blend between indoor and outdoor spaces. The buildings were designed in such a way that none of the trees were cut while setting them, the placement followed the contours. Spaces such as decks, patios, verandas and balconies connected the inside spaces with external courtyards and further with surrounding nature.
Adyar wetland reserve and the Tholkappia Poonga Ecopark is an environmentally significant project in the city of Chennai. Idea Design worked on this Biodiversity Park project as landscape architecture and urban design consultants with Mr. Joss Brooks, renowned ecological restoration specialist of Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants, Auroville. A combined fresh-water / salt-water ecosystem has been revived to make it an ecologically rich and diverse system for migratory birds and estuarine ecosystems along with coastal vegetation being the significant link to tie them together.
Environmentally sensitive approach is given for the water and waste management. The sewage and waste water which flows from the city to this creek is treated using ecological planning techniques. Each aspect of the park demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment. An ecoforum is proposed where man can interact and interpret different ecosystems of the park. The park will also become a center for education and environmental awareness. Demonstration of working models of sustainable technologies for human habitation is another important feature of the park. Idea Design worked as part of the team who prepared the Ecological Restoration Master Plan. The Project was implemented by Pitchandikulam Forest Consulatnts and Idea Design provided detailed design services working together with ecologists from PFC.
Once a garbage and debris dumpsite, the park has recently recorded more than 100 species of birds, 100 different species of fish, 56 species of butterflies and 25 species of reptiles. The white-bellied sea eagle for the first time in these parts a month ago. Flamingos and painted stork have also returned here. This richness in biodiversity is in itself an indicator of the success of our restoration efforts. A total of one-and-a-half lakh saplings of 400 indigenous species of plants have been planted in the restored area. Being a brackish water ecosystem, seven different varieties of mangroves and associates were planted on the site, and was able to successfully restore the estuarine wetland ecosystem.
The project won Indian Institute of Architects National Award 2020 for Excellence in Architecture.
This upcoming coffee museum in Yercaud sports a neo-biological design, absorbing and absorbed in nature. Located in a coffee plantation, the landscape flows inside-out through living spaces. The building is designed as modern, light, airy and transparent with no specific style or character, so as to create an effect of immersion in landscape.
C9 Event Centre is a project set in 2 acres of land the midlands of Kerala. The project brief was to design an Event Centre, which has the flexibility to conduct events of different capacity.
Landscape immersion was the main concept around which the design was developed. A main hall with a 1000 seats capacity was designed with a stage and green rooms. The same hall could then be subdivided into smaller halls with cleverly hidden ceiling suspended acoustic partitions, generating smaller capacity halls of 300 seats, 200 seats and 100 seats.
All these halls open into a central courtyard. A pillared veranda cum foyer space around central courtyard becomes the arrival space, connecting, porch, entry, parking, dining and washrooms. The courtyard also becomes a space for outdoor events such as birthday parties and betrothals. Exquisite tropical garden fills the entire campus with flowers and plush greenery. (Interior Design by: Outline Interiors, Kochi)
The project was shortlisted finalist for Indian Institute of Architects Kerala State Award 2021 for Excellence in Architecture.
Club Orchid is part of the Wild Orchid eco-friendly community project at Yercaud. The large vertical garden and roof garden features merges the club building with the surrounding hill-side landscape. The building is designed with minimum facade and maximum inside volume, an approach opposite to most conemporary concepts. The building’s aesthetics is given least visibility, while the interior spaces seamlessly connects with the valley in front, through large glazed walls, patios and semi-covered spaces.
The club consists of yoga hall, SPA, organic restaurant, home-theater, heritage echo-music room, library, infinity pool etc. Catering to the luxury holiday property of wild orchid, the club is designed with trendy eco-features. Rustic stone walls are built with inside-lit moon-quartz stones. The flooring varies from wood, natural stones, oxide finish etc. A building which is difficult to describe and a pleasure to experience.
A 30 acre Eco Resort was planned with a rich tropical architecture and landscape approach. The facility will have an active recreational side and a passive, quite side catering to different seasons and client-tele. Very sensitive site planning approach deals with large tracts of open spaces of different character from dense forest patches to orchards, open gardens, tropical thematic gardens, active recreational gardens and water bodies. The cottages are stringed together by these garden spaces and character zones creating a mosaic within the campus. (Status: Unbuilt)
This Tropical Resort is designed in the Shevaroy Hills of Eastern Ghats. The site offers rich tropical flora and climate of the hill station. Design follows a balinese theme blended with modern tropical living. Exquisite detailing and fine space making are the underlying theme of this project. Seamless connect of indoor and outdoor spaces brings in symbiotic living with nature.
Eco Resort Yelagiri is designed in the beautiful hill station of Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu. The theme of Architecture is derived from the local vernacular mud and stone architecture of the tribal settlements of Yelagiri. The site is an inward looking wooded estate, with a gently sloping terrain. Thick vegetation and slopes studded with rock boulders and outcrops are features of the site that are preserved while planning this resort.
This environment friendly project office of Greenfield Shelters is perched on the exotic location on the eastern ghats overlooking the enchanting valley view. Built with reused steel frames, silver oak wood, bamboo, stone, mud and thatch it is a structure built to capture the nature surrounding it.
A zero energy building which is off the grid, uses biogas based generator, wind power and solar power for all its requirements. The landscape incorporates big boulders of the site in its contours. The waterbody which penetrates the building and culminates in a vertical garden wall becomes the central feature. The Vertical garden itself is made of reused mineral water-bottles, stalked on metal frames and wrapped with geotextile. Organic vegetable garden, waterless toilets, mud-floor, bamboo floor, bamboo furniture and several other elements which exhibit strong commitment to ecological design principles.
The project was shortlisted finalist for Indian Institute of Architects National Award 2015 for Excellence in Architecture.
Jury Comments:The Architect has made the design to be eco-sensitive in every aspect of the project.
This eco-sensitive wellness centre is designed as part of the Common Facilities for the upcoming Teakayen Estates eco-friendly community project in Kodaikanal. Idea Design developed the master plan for the luxury holiday project. The central part of the master plan is the Wellness Centre and Central Gardens. Every aspect of the design of wellness centre speaks of eco-sensitive and sustainable approach. Each of the eight wings of the lotus carries unique functional element of human wellness. Developed in the setting of one of the largest organic farms of peninsular India, organic Kitchen, yoga hall, meditation centre, naturopathic wellness, ayurvedic wellness and a wellness lecture hall etc become components of this centre.
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.
This 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.
This Villa and layout design is developed for an aspiring group of friends who wants to create tropical modern community living. The design sports elements of tropical architecture adapted to modern lifestyle. The layout is developed to absorb rich and biodiverse indigenous landscape of the midlands of western ghats. The approach concentrates on ideas for natural methods for developing biodiversity and water harvesting, ensuring rich agri-scapes and birdlife.
Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban Designers – Cochin, Kerala, India