This sculpture has been positioned in a residential zone in Coimbatore, with a rustic yet futuristic parametric façade. Set on a compact plot of size 3400 Sq. ft., it was challenging to fit the requirements in it.

Project Location: Vinayakpuram – Elite Avenue, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Architectural Firm: Murali Architects
Principal Architects: Murali Murugan

Project Team:
Seethapathi, Deepak Muthukumaran,
Sadham Hussain, Bharthy, Twinkle Esther,
Aruna Angelin, Thomson

Lords Engineering (Structural Consultant)
Arul Design, (MEP Consultant)
Jeyakumar Associates (Landscape Architect)                    

Plot Area: 3,400 sq. ft.
Plot Dimensions: 54’3” x 68’6”
No. of Rooms: 5
No. of Car Parks: 1
Built-up Area: 6,000 sq. ft.
Timeline: 2018 – 2020
Vastu Compliance: Yes
Project Cost: Rs. 4 Crores

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Privacy being the most vital factor, the façade gets a rustic double skin.

And a search for newness with composite construction technique gave way for this. And this was a crucial step, coming out of the indigenous way and breaking into novelty.

The façade brings out the dynamic side of the bricks. They unveil its frozen state in a new dimension and its sturdiness is also set out by its genuine exposed skin.

It is not just the façade that speaks out for itself, but also the well-ventilated interiors, where the play of light creates statements in every face of the inner brick walls.

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This Introverted house cuts down the visual interaction with the outside, but it opens up spaces towards the inside into many pocket courts on various levels and a large central court that brings in a lot of sunlight and lights up the interior. It is a balanced mix of contemporary and traditional architecture, conceiving new values that respond to regionalism and a new future.

This house plays with Multi-level floors connecting through open courtyards and glass floors, creating spaces within a space.

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The Massive inclined walls on the entrance welcome the user warmly and boldly.

On the Ground Floor, the double-height living room near the entrance is surrounded by green courts on two sides and gives a fresh welcoming feel to the user.

Leading to the dining is the central courtyard with puja and levelled inbuilt seating.

The Dining, Kitchen, and Gym area open out to a large sky court with a swimming pool, and this court adds a serene beauty and offers a lot of visual interconnections between spaces on various levels.

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The mezzanine floor compasses a Guest room and a Family lounge for them to spend their Times together. Apart from this, there is a beautiful and serene reading nook lead from the mid-landing. As it is adorned with greenery and a swing, it makes it the right place to get lost in nature while reading.

The first floor accommodates two bedrooms. One is a Master bedroom with a landscaped court and Private balcony on either side and the other a Daughter’s bedroom with an elongated Bay window with a Featured inclined wall in the bedroom.

And this brick dream house stands up with numerous characters speaking out for themselves and a lot more to unfold in the future!

Ar. Murali Murugan

Ar.Murali Murugan, the Principal Architect of Murali Architects, a leading architecture firm in Chennai which was set up in the year 1990. He graduated with his Bachelors in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, and his Masters at McGill University, Canada. He has dedicated “30” years of his career to deliberating through his design philosophy that focuses on uniting people through architecture.

Murali Architects creates a versatile body of work ranging from architecture and interiors, of various typologies such as Residences, Corporate offices, Institutional, Retail & Hospitality buildings. Murali Architects’ distinct style of residential architecture reinterprets traditional architecture revamping it into our contemporary world by synthesizing the past and the future with the present. The firm explores with design solutions that are contextual, creating unique typologies of spaces that revolutionize the way they are experienced, and this manifests the essence of the firm’s design philosophy.

The firm has been awarded the ’Excellence in Residential Architectural Design’ in the year 2015 presented by the Chief guest Honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu Dr.K.S Rosaiah at Kattumanatholil Awards. The firm also won the “National Level for Excellence in Architecture” under the ‘Commercial category’ of the Indian Institute of Architects in the year 2016 for the project – “Highway Restaurant -Manoj Bhavan”. They won the Indian Institute of Interior Designers in the year 2018 – Zonal winners Award for the design of Hearing Aid Centre at Chennai. Selected by the Indian Institute of Architects as “The honorable Member” for services rendered for the Indian Institute of Architects – Tamilnadu Chapter in the year 2016. The Millennial Residence was recognized at a national level. One of the most prestigious projects, The Memorial for Late Former Chief Minister Selvi Dr.J.Jayalalitha, done by us which has won the All India Design Competition conducted by the Tamil Nadu Government and was completed in the year 2021 by Murali Architects.

Besides his practice, he has also served as a Visiting faculty at some of the leading institutions in Tamil Nadu like The School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Measi Academy of Architecture, Sathyabama University, S.R.M. University, Thiyagaraja College of Engineering, and many others. He has written more than 60 articles in “The Hindu” newspaper regarding architecture and interiors.


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