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Vishram By The Sea - Design Today

October 31, 2003, 6:30:00 PM

The Design Today article discusses the design details of Vishram By The Sea. The beach house design was influenced by a simple yet alluring combination. The house comprises elements of the traditional home design that are further accentuated by Mediterranean colours. The article describes the house designed by Benny Kuriakose and Visalakshi Ramaswamy as a “slice of urban heaven” because of its traditional open courtyards, age-old Athangudi tiles and a sloping tiled roof that are fused with flashes of Mediterranean yellow and the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal.

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“Right from day one, Benny Kuriakose, the designer and I worked together on Vishram. Being from Kerala, he was keen for the villa to have a sloping multi-level roof and a pond with steps. We simply had to incorporate a traditional courtyard and have huge verandahs, as this was a beach house, and stick to the norms of Vaastu,” Visalakshi recalls. Little niches, alcoves, tall doors and windows within the house look out at interesting design aspects. She adds that she had visualised Vishram as a haven where time waits till you are ready to take on the day and that it had turned out ‘just so’.