India – Shoolagiri
With Chuzhi House, located in the private community of Sanctity Farm in the heart of the picturesque town of Shoolagiri in India, the Wallmakers studio demonstrates that it is possible to build on difficult, strange, and not always favorable terrain. The credo of its founder Vinu Daniel? Camouflage architecture. Here, the structure of the building remains hidden, while fusing with the existing topography.
Chuzhi means “whirlpool” in Malayalam (the Dravidian language of India). The house is presented as whirlwinds of beams made from 4,000 discarded plastic balls, prefabricated from cast debris. It is thus subterranean, creating both a protected dwelling for the residents and a space around the three large tidal pools for the dense vegetation and ecosystem to flourish. These “whirlpools” begin to form walls and spirals until they create the roof. The residence has a glass roof that gives the impression of living under the canopy of trees. It has two bedrooms, an open-plan layout, minimalist interiors, reclaimed wood floors, and a sauna area on the roof terrace around one of the trees. Chuzhi House manages to hide and camouflage itself in the landscape “like a snake cowering under a rock on a hot day”.
Photo credits: Syam Sreesylam