Maison Kochi

Meister Varma Architects

Built on a tight 170 sqm plot for a family of four Maison Kochi also functions as studio and office in the South Indian city of Kochi. The west facing building is delineated in 2 volumes, the taller south-west block shading the shorter north-east one throughout the day.

Maison Kochi 建在印度南部城市高知170 平方米的緊湊地塊上,供四口之家使用,同時也可用作工作室和辦公室。 朝西的建築分為兩棟,較高的西南區全天遮蔽較短的東北區。

Living spaces are arranged in the shorter block while staircases and toilets face south or west to buffer the heat. An open plan arrangement and perforated net windows ensure ventilation across rooms. A vent in the roof access hatch cools the house with its chimney effect.

起居空間佈置在較短的區域中,而樓梯和廁所則朝南或朝西以緩衝熱量。 開放式佈置和穿孔網窗確保了房間內的通風。 屋頂通道口的通風以其煙囪效應為房屋降溫。

Rainwater channels are integrated in the roof design as are solar panels. Collected water is used to recharge the groundwater through an injection system. Flat roofs are insulated with hollow clay blocks and sloping roofs with polyurethane sandwich panels.

雨水渠道與太陽能電池板一樣集中在屋頂設計裡。 收集的水用於通過注入系統補充地下水。 平屋頂用空心粘土塊隔熱,傾斜屋頂用聚氨酯夾芯板隔熱。

The building is conceived as a chiaroscuro – a white solid exterior leading to cool interiors finished in polished cement. An open plan arrangement on both floors makes the interior spaces blend into each other seamlessly.

這座建築被設想為一個明暗對比法—一個白色的實心外部,通向涼爽的內部,用拋光的水泥裝飾。 兩層的開放式佈置使室內空間無縫地融合在一起。

Wall to ceiling windows enhance this flow as does the continuous black oxide floor. Windows are designed in steel and doors use bison board panelling. Bathrooms are finished in colourful ferrous oxide with lamps and counters cast in place.

牆壁到天花板的窗戶增強了這種流動性,連續的黑色氧化物地板也是如此。 窗戶採用鋼設計,門採用野牛板鑲板。 浴室採用彩色氧化亞鐵製成,並配有燈和櫃檯。

Almost all interior objects and furnishings are custom-made down to the brass switch plates. Furnishings like cushion covers and curtains utilise the minimalist lines of Kerala saris and soften the cement walls. Traditional urban crafts like cane cycle boxes are inspiration for multi-coloured baskets that hold everything from blankets to diapers.

幾乎所有的室內物品和家具都有客製黃銅開關飾板。 靠墊套和窗簾等家具採用喀拉拉邦紗麗的簡約線條,軟化水泥牆。 圓形藤箱等傳統城市工藝品是多色籃子的靈感來源,可容納從毯子到尿布的所有物品。


Project Information

Project Name: Maison Kochi  

Location: Kerala, India

Architect Office: Meister Varma Architects

Lead Architect:Krishnan Varma, Vanessa Meister, Sruthi Vijay, Sonia Stephen, Saumya Joseph

Completion Year: 2018


Photographer:Praveen Mohandas, Govind Nair (drone photography)

Meister Varma Architects was started in 2011 in the south Indian city of Kochi (Cochin) to focus on site

specific, design led solutions for the residential and hospitality sector. Drawing on local architecture

traditions and woodworking the practice strives to design climate responsive buildings for cities.

Any building activity by its very nature is an act of encroachment on the environment. The impact

during construction and life cycle of the building should be considered beforehand. Thus careful site

planning, building placement and orientation form key aspects of the design approach. Passive

ventilation, minimum or no dependence on air-conditioning, rainwater collection & storage are

integral part of the design, not afterthoughts. The selection of robust materials ensures that the building

ages gracefully and extends generations beyond its current occupants.

Their projects have been recognized and published in various international digital and print media in

addition to being nominated for various awards. Since 2013 the practice is also actively engaged in

restoration of heritage buildings in partnership with German architect Karl Damschen.


2011- Meister Varma Architects, Kochi

2010 David Miller Architects, London

2008 Glenn Howells Architects, Birmingham

2007 MAS, ETH Zürich

2006 ABRD Architects, New Delhi

2005 B.Arch, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi

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