Samantar (Public Choice Award)

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Competition Name
Student Name
Vaishnavi Siddhapara,
Palak Bhattad,
Puneet Maru ,
Prajakta Pai
Uni Villa Vernacular
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Competition Brief:
Villa Vernacular is a design challenge focused on building a motion towards responsible leisure properties across the world.
Narrative:
The aim of the project is to provide a Villa for a family of four while allowing them to work from home by designing architecture that seamlessly blends with the rural fabric of Kerala, rather than fracturing it but adding to it.

The project responds to the site by including local involvement in functions incorporated on the site, thus strengthening the bond formed by the new residents with the locals. The project is intended to assist the four new inhabitants in gradually acclimating to their new surroundings without upsetting the local population, history, custom, or climate. “Samantar” seamlessly merges with its surroundings as the structure itself merges into the site topography running parallel to the proximal circumstances.
The hierarchy of spaces is choreographed such that the private, semi private and public spaces remain well distinct and none of them is disturbed by the other. The orientation of the functions are to maximize light and wind flow and minimize heat to cope up with the humidity on site for which courtyards are an ideal element to passively design zones for maximization of light yet cool spaces adopted traditionally in most Keralan houses also enhancing indoor outdoor relationship.
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