Our Constructional Key Features

Padipura:

‘Padipura’ is the Crown of traditional Kerala Architecture. It is the main entrance of a residential building. In olden times as the land was huge, a suitable portion of land as per ‘Vaastu Sasthra’ was selected for the Mana (main house). The entrance to this main house is called ‘Padipura’ or ‘Kottiyambalam’

Gable:

Gable is the ‘forehead’ on a sloped roof of a ‘Naalukettu’, recreated on sloped roofs in a modern building. In ancient times the area above the wooden ceilings in a room of a single storey building was used as attic and gable was used to provide ventilation and air flow in this area. Now a day’s gable is used as an architectural element on a sloped roof of a ‘Vaastu’ based building.

Kuthirakal:

Kuthirakkal / Slats are a feature of palaces. These where placed along the perimeter of a balcony to give privacy to royal family members as well as a glimpse of outside activities. The natural curve of our body is taken into consideration while designing and crafting these slats. These slats can also be made of concrete. Kuthirakkal when incorporated in modern construction gives majestic look to the building.

Charupadi:

Charupadi is a feature seen in old palaces in Kerala. These where mostly placed along the perimeter of a verandah, anganam or balcony on higher floors for sitting and relaxing purposes. The information on natural curve of our body is pertinent for sitting comfort while designing and carving these seats. These seats can also be made of concrete. These when incorporated in modern constructions brings in the traditional comfort and luxury.

Verandah:

Verandah is one of the main features of a ‘Naalukettu’. These run parallel to the front of the building or the ‘anganam’ (Courtyard) in the building. Verandah running parallel to the front and either side of the building, propped up on ornamental pillars gives an ideal space to lounge. When incorporated in modern buildings gives lots of living place, bringing in air circulation and ventilation.

Sopanam:

A traditional type main entrance step with both side carved with granite or masonry ornamental work.


Anganam:

The ‘Anganam’ is also one of the main features of traditional Kerala house and is usually located at the center of the building/house for the purpose of ventilation. The ‘Anganam’ (Courtyard) supported at the corners by ornate pillars and arches bring in the natural light. ‘Anganam’ can be integrated in a building as per ‘Vaastu Sasthra’, if there is scarcity of light and improper air flow

Roof Styles:

Roof is the head of a building and has to be compatible with the main building, both in design and appearance. The roof of a traditional building is usually sloped tiled roof. The main purpose of this type of roof was to assist easy flow of rain water and cool air circulation. Single or multiple sloped roofs or a combination of sloped and flat roof depending on the number of floors of a building enhances the overall appearance of the building

Pillar:

Pillars are most commonly seen in Verandah and Anganam in traditional buildings. In modern construction, pillars act as both structural support and aesthetic element of a building. Twin pillars or single pillars in portico or in living area add a touch of elegance to room.

Ornamental Works:

Ornamental work on arches, pillars or compound walls augment the appearance of any structural or architectural feature on which it is done. Intricate ornamental works are a main feature seen on the wooden walls, pillars, ceilings, beams, etc. of royal buildings. In modern construction a simple border on a wall or elaborate cornice works on arches and/or pillars supplements the appearance of the building component.

Wooden Ceiling:

The ceilings in earlier days were usually made up of wood. These were fine carved depending on the financial status of the owner of the house. Now a days in modern buildings wooden ceiling is used as an architectural feature. Wooden ceiling affixed underneath a concrete slab brings in the richness of wood work in the house/room.

Wooden Flooring:

The floors on higher storey in the traditional buildings were usually made up of wood due to the availability of timber. These were laid in different patterns depending on the economic standing of the possessor of the house. In modern buildings, parquet flooring is used as an architectural feature. Parquet (Wooden) flooring affixed on top of a concrete slab or floor using teak wood strips, gives the opulence of wood work in the house/room.

Wooden Pannelling:

The walls in traditional buildings were usually made up of wood due to the abundance of trees. Wooden Paneling in modern building is used as an architectural feature. Wooden paneling affixed on a brick wall recreates the elegance of traditional splendor in the house/room.


Poovmugham:

‘Poomukham’, in modern words, is a private sit out, just for the family. In the ‘Naalukettu’ the ‘Poomukham’ is a traditional feature.


Landscaping:

Landscaping is an integral part of a building, as it reflects the character and functionality of the building. Extent of landscaping depends on the area of open space available around the building after the plinth area.


Main Door:

A traditional main door exhibits the richness of our culture and heritage. It also demonstrates the personality of the family or persons dwelling in it. It leaves a long lasting impression on the visitors’ mind.

Kitchen Cabinets:

Sleek and long kitchen room to accommodate the requirements of cooking without wasting utility space. Granite top slab with built in wooden kitchen cabinets at top and bottom are suitably designed considering the height and arm length of the lady or chef of the house.


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