Location: Wandoor, Malappuram, Kerala, India
Material: wood, glass & cement
Built area: 325m2
Architects: Aflah Habeeb Mohammed CL , Anas Eranhikkal , Aslam E
Civil Engineer: EM Alikutty
Studio: Malabar Architecture Projects
Photography: Turtle Arts Photography
Text provided by the architect:
The Villa Wandoor is composed with interconnected pavilions that create a harmonious whole, with careful attention to scale and proportion.
The H-shaped plan of the house creates two separate wings containing private spaces each, while the central bridge-like area serves as a communal gathering space, with open courtyards on both sides.
The exterior of the house is characterized by clean lines and minimal ornamentation, derived from the typical houses prevalent in Kerala, with vertical wooden fins at the front that provide privacy and shade while creating a dynamic visual element that mimics the surrounding rubber trees.
At the core of the design intention, transitional spaces such as hallways, staircases, and doorways are given more importance than just functional connections. They become design elements in themselves, creating a sense of flow and movement through the space that is both intuitive and functional. The result is a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, with maximum natural light and ventilation throughout.
The upper living area has no closed planes at the east-west directions, allowing for free wind flow and natural lighting. The two courtyards are strategically placed on either side of the dining area, with one acting as a children's play area and the other as an outdoor courtyard with a koi pond. The large outdoor living area also features a koi pond and offers a relaxing and serene space for residents to unwind.
The dining area, located at the heart of the villa, features a large opening that frames a picturesque view of the client's old house, creating a unique and personalized artwork-like view that is reminiscent of the quote by Abbas Kiarostami: "I've often noticed that we are not able to look at what we have in front of us, unless it's inside a frame." This framing of the view adds a layer of depth and meaning to the design, highlighting the importance of personalized and meaningful experiences in architectural design.
The Villa Wandoor is a captivating example of architecture that strikes an introverted pose from outside while revealing an invitingly open plan and immersive spatial experience inside. The result is a beautiful and functional space that embodies the principles of architecture while providing a serene and relaxing space for residents to call home.