The Walls and Vaults House in India is a dynamic green home for a family with two kids and their grandparents. Tucked into a gentle slope in a small town in Kottayam distirct, the house comprises several vaulted volumes, with stone walls wrapping around the structure and enclosing lush tropical vegetation as part of the house. Architecture studio LIJO.RENY.architects designed the residence to withstand heavy monsoons and scorching sun.
The house is hidden from three sides, and only visible from the road. Its materiality and colors were carefully chosen to blend into the surroundings and blur the line between the inside and outside. Lush vegetation permeates the interior along a large stone wall and creates a passage that runs the entire length of the house. Two enclosed landscaped areas further accentuate the natural surroundings.
Most of the externally visible walls are built from locally sourced granite using traditional building techniques. These structures also act as thermal barriers that help keep the house cool during hot summer days, while providing optimal levels of privacy for the residents.