Surfaces Reporter|October 2019
A PROJECT BY AR VIGNESH SEKAR
Chettinad in Tamil Nadu is a city known for its wealthy merchants. The city today, perhaps, resembles a discoloured painting. To combat solar radiation and facilitate cross ventilation, the architects developed a façade skin of terracotta jaalis, that thermally insulates and keeps the spaces ventilated with natural light. Two major light-wells, façade jaalis and skylights engage the interiors in a constant cavort of light and shadow. The lounge on the first floor made of filler slab, witnesses the play of light and shadows at sunrise, accelerated by the terra-jaalis and skylights endows a fleeting and shifting quality to the interiors through time.
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