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Benny Kuriakose - Designing Down To Earth - Antarya Magazine

September 30, 2015, 6:30:00 PM

This article in Antarya talks about the design principles of the architectural designer, Mr Benny Kuriakose, through his major recent projects. It also discusses Benny Kuriakose’s restoration projects and his experience working in disaster areas and the reconstruction of settlements, where he enlisted community participation in the design strategies and construction. His work on the Muziris Heritage project is a case in point where extensive research was done before embarking on the conservation.

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Benny Kuriakose's design strategies are evident in his handling of public spaces like Dakshinachitra, where old doors, windows, sloped roofs, courtyards, and verandas find their way, evoking a vernacular feel while addressing a contemporary space. "A structure should be flexible to adapt to long-term use, and the design should be creative yet functional.

While the design should be able to incorporate the locally available natural materials, the five elements should be effectively brought in. The presence of a courtyard, verandas, and deep overhangs that bring in natural light while keeping the interiors cool.” says Kuriakose. Without exception, all his designs and structures were totally grounded to earth and the natural materials as well as elements present in the spaces making this intention loud and clear.