Aesthetics and functionality come together effortlessly at the “Malenadu Mane” to weave the unique fabric of the house. Based on a minimalistic plan, “Malenadu Mane” was designed as a weekend residence located away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Situated in the village of Sunkhsale in Chickmagalur district, Karnataka, the design of this house was greatly influenced by the surrounding area and the structures present there. The topography and the views also played an important role in determining the overall structure of the house.

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Project Name: Malenadu Mane
Studio Name:
Int-Hab architecture+design Studio
Area: 3500 Sq Ft
Location: Sunkhsale, Chickmagalur, Karnataka
Photography: Vishal J (@vishal_jay)

Malenadu Mane by Int-Hab architecture+design Studio - Sheet1
Outdoor Seating ©Vishal J

The planning of the house reflects the rural elements of the Malnad region, Thotti Mane (or the Courtyard House) by incorporating spacious verandas (inspired by Jagali Katte), sunken reading space, mezzanine floor (inspired by the attic).                                                     

Malenadu Mane by Int-Hab architecture+design Studio - Sheet2
Interior ©Vishal J

The zoning of the house strikes a fine balance between the public, semi private and private spaces. The interior living spaces offer direct access to the exterior green surroundings in a smooth and seamless transition with usage of large openings. For continuous flow and easy access to the various parts of the house, a double height living room is designed along with a mezzanine that acts as the first floor of the house. The top floor also features an overhang that shelters a balcony, the perfect place for enjoying the mesmerizing views of the surrounding hills.

Malenadu Mane by Int-Hab architecture+design Studio - Sheet3
Way to balcony ©Vishal J

The interior design script of the house boasts of rustic décor and is all about a no-fuss aesthetic that highlights the beauty of subdued hues, natural materials and comfortable furnishings. A number of furniture pieces like the dining table, book shelf have been designed by reusing old wooden doors and frames that lend a vintage charm to the interiors. Characterized by distinctive volumes and clean lines, the exterior façade for the residence brings a flavor of the classic and contemporary to the architecture of the house.

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