4 homes across India that celebrate South Indian design traditions

A Kerala Bungalow That Is Bringing Back Tharavadu Architecture

Photo courtesy: Turtle Arts Calicut/ Attiks Architecture

While turning this ancestral home into a modern dwelling, Architect Naseem Pandara of Attiks Architecture decided to introduce fresh ideas into the home while retaining the traditional architectural elements.

Ample greenery surrounds the home and the connections between the indoors and outdoors is seamless. A truss roof with Mangalore and terracotta tiles ensures that the indoors remain cooler. Multipurpose rooms, designed strategically ensure that the family has enough space to socialise. Round windows in the dining area bring character to the home, breaking the uniformity of structure. Double-height ceilings and split levels allow one space to overlook the latter. Similarly, the multipurpose space above the former living room overlooks the natural landscape surrounding the home.

An South Indian-Style Ranch In Bangalore

Photo courtesy: Bharath Ramamrutham

Film producer Shivaprakash E commissioned Andagere Architects to create a home for him on a six-acre plot on the outskirts of Bangalore, tucked away from the madding crowds. The homestead, named Swarga, is indeed a piece of heaven.

The property, hidden in the shadow of the Kengal Village hill, has an imposing entrance. Thick timber doors open into a courtyard, featuring a lotus pond and granite flooring sourced from the homeowner’s quarry. It is in line with both the client’s and the architect’s celebration of South Indian culture and craftsmanship; the large, terracotta urn for grain storage reminds the visitor that, at its heart, this is a functioning farmhouse.