Has South Indian Style Come Of Age - The Hindu
December 25, 2002, 6:30:00 PM
The article published in the Hindu substantiates the emergence of the South Indian style of architecture through Vishram By The Sea, an award-winning beach house in Chennai. Designed by Benny Kuriakose in collaboration with Visalakshi Ramaswamy, the beach house is an intimate Kerala style residence with a unique touch of Mediterranean colours. Benny Kuriakose bagged the Inside Outside magazine's Designer of the Year Award in 2001 for a retreat he built along with Visalakshi Ramaswamy at Muttukadu. GEETA DOCTOR talks to them about the aesthetic involved in their work.
It incorporates ideas from the older and more traditional styles. Indeed one of Kuriakose's intentions has been to re-cycle materials that he and Visalakshi Ramaswamy found in older buildings, and use them in a dramatic functional manner. The different elements, a traditional courtyard, a thinnai at the entrance, a stepped slope going down to a bathing tank, or pool in one part of the garden, or deeply recessed verandahs supporting a low overhanging roof in the Kerala style, that Kuriakose has used in the beach house are not decorative add-ons but serve a definite purpose. Read the article to find out more about the details of the project!