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Eco-friendly Beach House - The Hindu

April 1, 2011, 6:30:00 PM

The Hindu issues an article on an eco-green house, Casa Rojo, designed by Benny Kuriakose and Associates, in ECR, Chennai. Maria and Ranjeet Jacob's mud block house connects with nature both in design and materials used. "This is a house that celebrates its connection with the earth, by way of both design and building materials. The beach house happens to be both down-to-earth and flamboyant at the same time. Rather than bricks, the house has been built with interlocking stabilised mud blocks, with no cement mortar to glue them together.

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“We wanted a house that complemented the grounds, not a mansion”, explains Ranjeet and Maria Jacob. The building's façade looks magnificently solid, relieved by its complex array of sloping roofs. The backyard of the house sports a diametrically opposite conceptual design where an open design takes over, and the house meets the backyard through a courtyard along its entire length, which in fact enlarges in the middle into a huge, open living space (with no walls, but just pillars to hold up the sloping roof) right inside the garden. Click the link below for the full story.