Home Inspired By Chettinad Architecture

Surfaces Reporter|October 2019

Home Inspired By Chettinad Architecture
AR Vignesh Sekar Founder, STO.M.P Madurai AR Vignesh is a skilled designer with a passion for creativity and confidence gained from the successful completion of numerous architectural projects. He has previous professional experience at Webe Design Lab Chennai, Cadence Architects and Dominic Dube Inge Rieck Architecture Studio, Bangalore. His firm, STO.M.P is an architecture practice which believes in the juxtaposition of form-based functionality integrated into the collective conscience of the greater community. Largely influenced by the ‘modernist principles,’ the studio experiments the ideas of contextual modernism in alignment with practical aesthetics. STO.M.P has continuously applied techniques to question the conventional material palette. The team believes that sourcing local materials and using sustainable methods in every component of the building is key to a pragmatic yet efficient practice.


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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October 2019