A Facade in Kerala Inspired by Tetris Game

A Facade in Kerala Inspired by Tetris Game

Project Name: House of Ayoob

Firm Name: 3dorconcepts

Principal Architects/Designers: Ahmad Thaneem, Muhammed Jiyad, Muhammed Naseem

Location: Taliparamba, Kerala, India

Plot Area: 7830 Sqft

Built-up Area: 4600 Sq.Ft

Start Year: 2019

Completion Year: 2021

Photo Credits: Prasath Mohan

Material: The firm used laterite as building blocks since it is locally and easily available. The design team created curves on concrete and laterite structures to give a unique touch.

At a very first glance, the unique facade of this house catches attention. Cladded in white, the exterior of the ‘House of Ayoob’ features a canvas-like structure with curved edges resembling stadium blocks stacked one above the other in a Tetris game. Not only outside, but curves flow everywhere inside the house as well -in the stairs and even in the furniture. Designed by the creative design team of 3dor Concepts for a family of five, this two-storey house, located in a typical housing neighborhood in the town of Taliparamba in the southern district of Kerala, has a common 90s flat slab facade yet nothing in common. None of the houses stood out.

“We wanted the house to be unique in that neighborhood so that it kind of paves a way for future houses in that neighborhood to follow a character. It was challenging to come up with a structure that is out of the box yet settles well with the site,” says Principal Architect Ahmad Thaneem. The architects took cues from the Tetris video game for creating the unique shape of the building with round edges.

One horizontal block stacks with two vertical blocks to form the structure. “The design serves two purposes- first is that it should be unique and the second is that the massing of the house shouldn’t be like a huge rectangle in that small plot. Hence, we split it into 3 blocks and placed them at different heights. The overall design was inspired by the Tetris game. Stadium blocks look cute!”


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