A HOME THAT INTERACTS WITH NATURE
Surfaces Reporter|April - May 2021
Dr. Hareesh and Dr. Anju, well-known doctors in Trivandrum, Kerala, came up with the requirements of building their home, in a lush green site flanked by huge mango trees.

Dr. Hareesh’s exposure to the world through travels required a modern house. The grandparent had memories of the times the old house was built and required experiences of traditional homes. Dr. Anju loved the modern and the traditional and was an avid collector of curios, which required spaces to exhibit them. Her interests in gardens and nature, the grandmother’s attachment to the three mango trees which she had seen grow to the stature they are in right now, the kids and pets made landscape an important part of the house. The parents, grandmother, two kids, and their pet, presented with us a challenge to work with different generations and types of users. This need for the dichotomy of spatial constructs was explored as the core content of the house.

Home of Blended Pluralities explores spaces of traditional content, entwined with the features of a modern home. Both the spatial constructs interact and explore each other, through the gardens associated with the mango trees- who existed before all.

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The existing building on site had to be demolished to give way to the new home. The old building was a huge concrete block, flanked by the mango trees. As one moves beyond the building, it gave way to a beautiful local wild landscape on a slope and lush green vegetation beyond the site. The suspense this created was enthralling.

The new building was also a product of this intuitive experience we had, The Home of Blended Pluralities is a choreographed movement from the street to the green beyond, with built spaces as encounters to spaces flanked by gardens.

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