Being new to the office and its atmosphere, never having been for a site visit and having heard about this project a couple of times from almost everyone in the office, it was quite an exciting affair to visit Akkarai residence.
Deviating a little away from the heart of the city and moving on towards a calmer and greener site in close proximity to the sea along the east coast road, our thoughts were filled with the much anticipated project which had underwent tremendous makeover for the past five years.
As the car turned towards the road and moved further the tiled sloping roof structure which was under construction was visible between the skyline and the few trees which surrounded. Opening the white timber gate, one could see the most classic facades ever created. A quick view of the elevation would absolutely make any person fall in love with it, with the chancellor arched windows, giving boldness to it. Open mouthed at the typical but marvellous Benny Kuriakose style of design looking up to us as a piece of perfectionist wonder, we moved inside to explore the interior surprises.
From the large welcoming swimming pool, we moved on to the sit out through which we reached the living room. Timber eave boards were running all around the ceiling of the room. Large timber windows adorning the room, opening out to the lush green with the blue patch of sky and a punch of sea breeze. I made a mental note on how creation of beautiful views were important which was a cakewalk concerning Benny Kuriakose designs.
Everywhere marvellous timber pieces were adorning the white walls. The foyer connected to the sit out gave me an instant thought of how the inhabitants will enjoy their evenings with a cup of tea underneath the traditional timber eaves overlooking the patches of surroundings through them. To the right side of foyer is the dining area which opens out to a courtyard as well as an open area. The large timber shelf is the centre point of attraction of the space. Foyer also hosts the timber staircase leads to the upper floors. The staircase, another marvel in artistic creation is a major contribution in giving the residence the traditional grandeur.
Kitchen is yet another space which gives the residence the feeling of a luxurious holiday cottage. Large centre table clubbed with the modular accessories makes it the picture perfect kitchen that one can see in high profile architecture magazines. The scale of the bedrooms matches the overall size of the building making it cozy yet retaining the grandness . At all points of the house large French windows opens out to the beautiful views along with providing ample natural light and ventilation, another important style which Benny Kuriakose designs are credible of.
Timber work being the major attraction of the residence is seen all around the house starting from doors and windows to the roof where intricate carvings are done on the eaves, slope silhouette and almost everywhere. I thought the time the carpenters took to carve out these master pieces which gives the house its identity that anybody would yearn to own the house.
While the visit proved to be enlightening in terms of detailing in construction aspects, it also threw light on something which we have never thought about. The strenuous task of completing a project without compromising on quality and perfection. From the point of view of client as well as the architect, the difficulties faced are uncountable. Coordinating the works, getting it done on time, checking upon minute details with utmost perfection are things which require Patience and commendable memory power which is something that comes natural with Benny Kuriakose. Although there is an air of tension within the crew of clients, contractors and the architect, everybody is sure that the project would surely be a grand success once completed.
- Janki & Ariya