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Samskara, Made in India © 2014 Anshika Varma

Residences

Hut in Petite Ferme

Auroville, India
1990
Client: Self
Project: Anupama Kundoo
Contractor: Ravi
These houses is the most basic simple dwelling consisting of a thatch roof (woven coconut leaves) supported on untreated casuarina members that are tied together in place with coconut ropes.

The structure stands on rough granite stilts that prevent the termites from reaching the wood. The upper floor is made of split supari or pakamaram stems that are also tied on with rope.

Granite pillars are further used to create graded transition between the inside and the outside, to include courtyards in the living or private open-to-sky spaces in the bath areas.

This is a house that has a low impact on the environment, harmoniously blending into the nature and totally dependant on the sun for its electrification and water heating demands.