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Security and style in Kerala with the Running Wall

The Running Wall Residence is house in South India’s Kerala and was commissioned by a businessman to be “a fort-like house that one can’t scale”

Being in one of the rougher area’s of Kerala, the Running Wall house needed to fulfil requirements of fortitude as well as design and style. This is why the playful lightness of the laterite wall is such a striking feature of the design; beginning at the entrance gate at the surrounding wall and continuing, serpent-like along the entire property. This wall subdivides certain areas within the property and establishes connections to others, ebbing and flowing in and out of the house.

This wall created privacy of course, but also allowed for open spaces wherever desired by architect and resident. The result is a well ventilated house, connected to nature and which challenges ideas of inside and outside. The internal court of the Running Wall house both holds the foyer and is planted with banana trees, ferns and other tropical species.

The architects, LIJO.RENY.architects, have also indulged in a creative execution of levels in the ceiling, with a combination of barrel vaults and slabs at higher levels. Skylights and unobstructed fenestration invite sunlight and ventilation into the internal spaces with several large openings protected from the glare of the sun through custom designed screens.










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