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Languid Modernism

by NICHOLE L REBER on Jul 27, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors
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A stylish beach house in Kerala epitomises the best of contemporary luxury in India.

 

People from all over the world rest weary bones in ashrams and ayurvedic spas in ‘God’s Own Country’ – adopted by Kerala authorities as a tourism slogan – that realises the nation’s reputation for tranquility and healing qualities. For ayurvedic enthusiast Mike Manwaring, it had been the ultimate place to escape the bustle of his primary hometown of London since 1995.

On one such return to Kerala, the Londoner stumbled upon a property perched on a cliff some 200 feet above the Arabian Sea, gazed upon the all-encompassing views of the sea and a surrounding coconut plantation, and immediately sought the assistance of architects Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand of Khosla Associates, who designed the home keeping the 180° panorama of the sea constantly in mind.

A dramatically-rising triangulated canopy roof arrests the viewer’s attention at once. It serves as the focal point of the Modernist house’s composition. It’s also the visual hinge connecting modern design aesthetic and vernacular traditions. The massing creates a sense of initial mystery, gradually revealing itself via expansive apertures and mingled areas of light and shade. It acts as a catalyst for the interplay of air and light, or vayu and prakash in Hindi. 

Read the full story in the August 2011 issue of Perspective magazine! 

 

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