This house is a zero energy development with closed loop systems for Building materials, Processes and Technologies.
House of five senses was designed by using three major materials, Mud, Bamboo and Stone to bring in the presence of the five elements of nature, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space into the building. Water bodies, internal courtyard, large windows, use of natural materials, vegetation etc connects the inhabitants to these elements.
The house is an improvised example of the traditional Kannada home “Thotti Mane”, with an internal two-level open to sky courtyard and a waterbody – Thotti. Open kitchen and dining
with a double height enlivens the environment of the house. Local, recyclable natural materials like bamboo, stone, mud blocks,terracotta, waste and local labour are used for construction,making it extremely cost effective. Mud blocks made from excavated soil are also used for filler slabs, reducing the amount of concrete required. Collection of rain water, Treatment of waste water, Solar PV for power, Solar water heater for hot water, Day lighting and Natural ventilation makes this house a joy to live in. Bamboo poles as columns and beams and bamboo splits has been used for the under structure for the 4000 sqft concrete double curve shell roof. Composite load bearing and frame structure with filler slab for intermediate slabs; Stone and mud block masonry and bamboocrete wall for interior partitions and first floor walls are some other low embodied energy solutions used in the building.
Project- House of Five Elements,Residence of Ar. Neelam Manjunath.
Architect- Neelam Manjunath
Firm- MANASARAM ARCHITECTS, Bangalore
Built up area- 1119.07sqm.
Contractors- Mr. Gurudayal Saran, Aditi Constructions, Bangalore.
Consultants Building Material & Technology - Center for Green Building Material & Technology, Bangalore.
Rainwater Harvesting– Prof. A. R. Shivkumar, IISc, Bangalore.
Waste Water Treatment- CDD Society, DEWATs, Bangalore. Compressed Stabilised Earth
Blocks- Dr. Yogananda, Mrinmayee, Bangalore.
Materials-Mud, Bamboo Stone
Flooring- Granite flooring for living room and terrazzo, oxide, marble flooring for bedrooms; Bamboo flooring for informal living, Son’s bedroom, Staircase and Stair room flooring with waste wood.
Exteriors- Exposed mudblocks with silicon waterproof coat or lime wash
Finishes- Bedroom interiors with PEP finish; Bamboo members finished with Touchwood coat
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