Responsive Architecture

The moment the word ‘Madras’ is uttered, ‘Hot’ & ‘Humid’ comes along with it. How can the building form a Living Envelope which can adapt itself to the Hot Climate? Air Conditioning is a good answer, but is the last solution. The design of any house is irrevocably linked to its site and its specific location.

The characteristics of any plot deeply influence the building. Some of the factors are:

  • Site Orientation with Respect to Wind & Sunrise/set Direction
  • Plot Extent to provide ease of movement
  • Vegetation Cover in the vicinity to protect from the heat
  • Road width to provide for easy entry and exit
  • Ratio of built & Open Spaces in the surroundings to provide air movement
  • Ratio of Volume to surface Area for providing ventilation
  • Roof Profile to ensure that heat & water are spread out faster
  • Materials used to ensure strength, thermal insulation and finally durability

Once these are taken care, an Air Conditioning system can supplement the building wherever required and not necessarily always & everywhere. We thus can contribute to the environment while building a home that accommodates itself to the climatic variations.

What drives our Architecture is the Holistic Planning Process Our Planning does not stop only with the building but the surrounding environment which also includes:

  • Water Harvesting and Recycling through Natural means
  • Increasing Energy Efficiency by Airflow and Thermal Insulation
  • Sustainability of the Structure over the Lifetime with minimal maintenance
  • Cutting down Heat, Glare and Dust from entering the building
  • Balance of Light & Shade so that the inside
  • Maintain Ambient Indoor Temperature through Natural Cooling
  • Lowering the Future Maintenance Cost

One can see examples of each of these have been accomplished in our different projects.