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A Low Budget Project that has Managed to meet the Needs and Desires of its Owners

By • Nov 7, 2017

This project shows us that even with a low budget, it is possible to have a home that has nothing to envy of new and expensive constructions. In certain countries, such as India, there is the idea that a certain type of architecture reflects the economic and financial state of the person who owns it. That is why, little by little, the architecture in these places moves farther and farther away from the use of previously used rustic materials and techniques, thus compromising some important aspects, such as the capacity of climate response and energy efficiency at the opportune moment, and giving rise to new and more sophisticated techniques.

Exterior view of the construction with gardens
Construction surrounded by vegetation

However, the result is not always what is sought, and many times pertaining to the lower class prevents people from being able to enjoy certain luxuries, such as air conditioning systems. This creates an atmosphere that is neither comfortable nor pleasant for the occupants, who must withstand high temperatures.

Entrance with stone walls
Entrance door in wood

The purpose of the architectural firm ZERO STUDIO, in charge of this project located in Mannarkkad, India in 2017, was to raise awareness about the importance of having real buildings instead of being seen as equals. The focal point here is that, whatever the social status, the residential architecture must speak the language of simplicity and the daily necessities, and thus respond to the aspects of each site, climate, building materials and the end user.

Entrance with perforated brick wall
Wooden door
Entrance with terracotta floors
Interior with garden view
Thick wooden stairs
Bedroom with rustic details
Exterior night view
Terrace seen from the outside
Night view
Garden at night

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