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N&RD designs Viswam Residence in Kottayam, Kerala, India

Project name:
Architecture firm:
Kottayam, Kerala, India
Turtle Arts Photography
Principal architect:
Nikhila Raveendran, Rejin Karthik
Design team:
Nikhila Raveendran, Rejin Karthik
Interior design:
Built area:
4600 ft²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Aimmery Consultants and engineers
Structural engineer:
Aimmery Consultants and engineers
Environmental & MEP:
Educe engineering Consultants
Soldier Lighting, Kochi
Tools used:
Autodesk AutoCAD, Trimble SketchUp, Adobe Photoshop
Rainbow Builders
Concrete, Glass, Steel, Wood
Residential › House

N&RD: The site; located in Kottayam District of Kerala, India; was a steeply sloped terrain with two access at two levels at a 20 feet difference.

The client was a businessman who resides quiet far from the city in which his business is centred. The need of a second home near to his business center, yet away from the hustles of the city; brought him to this calm and laid back property with the right kind of privacy and accessibility he was seeking.

He wanted the architects to design it as a vacation home where his family could stay for holidays, or as a business meet up place where his colleagues could get together for a party and for a place he can unwind after a hectic week, at his own pace.

The client wanted the building to negotiate the levels between both entries which are at two extremes. In order to achieve this, different programs are set up at different levels. Programs included a small guest area, living- dining hall with a spill out garden, kitchen and utility, master suite with an attached pool, two additional bedrooms and a media room.

The design follows a split level configuration where porch, master suite and guest rooms are stacked on top of each other and living- dining area is placed between two floors. The roof of the living area matches with that of the master suite, giving the common area a good fifteen feethigh volume.

Main Entry is accessed through anumber of elaborate terraced steps with landscaped pockets that also act as a part of the front elevation. The service quarters’ block which includes staff stays, service kitchen and laundry, provides a defined edge to these steps. A tall entry door opens up to the cozy foyer which sets the mood for the scenes beyond. This is also the level to which another access is provided from the lower level with parking and gym. Another series of steps, which follows the same rhythm as that of the landscape steps leading to the entry, leads to the master suite level.

The common area which consists of the dining space and living area and the master suite share most of the spatial volume of the entire building.  An open kitchen with a breakfast counter is provided right next to the dining, which also can be served to from the service block through another access. The long common area also has a lawn garden along its length on the East.Common area and master suite share a large skylight with two internal courtyards below which are at different levels, and are split vertically by a solid wall.

The Master suite houses a large bedroom, a balcony overlooking the front yard, an internal courtyard with an open shower, a lounge, a private dress and a luxurious bathroom that extends into a serene infinity pool.

The top floor consists of two guest rooms, home-theatre and a terrace from where the valley below can be seen and a glimpse of a river a little further. All the rooms enjoy broad views of the outside through big glass windows.


N&RD undertakes ambitious architectural projects in and around locality, consistently delivering innovative design solutions using strategic thinking, analysis and investigation. Established in 2017 in Kochi, our studio respond to projects alike with a strong knowledge base and a fluid allocation of talent. The team, guided by Nikhila Raveendran and Rejin Karthik, provides consistent direction and support for every effort. This established group of individuals, with a history of working together, ensures clear communication and effective collaboration.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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