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Suresh – Shivranjini Constructions Projects “COPY” Manufacturers: Benelave, EBCO, Simpolo Save this picture!© Anand Jaju+ 37Curated by María Francisca González Share Masonry Contractors: Photographs Area: 194 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Debris House / WallmakersSave this projectSaveDebris House / Wallmakers “COPY” 2015 Houses Debris House / Wallmakers Architects: Wallmakers Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903691/debris-house-wallmakers Clipboard Lead Architects: Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903691/debris-house-wallmakers Clipboard Fabrication Team:Kunjumon James, J.K steelsMEP:Unni Krishnan Sajith LalTeam:Archana Nambiar, Jinsy Ann Rajan, Shobitha Jacob, Melvin Davis, Vijith, Abdul Aseeb, Sagar Kudtarkar, Dawal Dasari, Suhaas, Shekkizar, Srivarshini JMCity:PathanamthittaCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Anand JajuRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. Nestled in a quaint township, is this rammed earth residence for a family of six. The site was at a slope with remnants of many demolished buildings. Maximizing the given area the building is set in multiple levels to accommodate the family and to meet the client’s dreams in the most feasible way.Save this picture!Ground floor planThere is a lot of potential in dealing with small urban and sub-urban homes for clients who approach architects with limited budgets and elaborate programs. Houses are aspirational investments for many in developing sub-urban landscape of India sometimes demanding a lifetime of savings from the clients. Very different from weekend homes, these houses have become prototypes in themselves and act as pivots for the life of the inhabitants.Save this picture!© Anand JajuThis house employs recycled and eco-sensitive materials in its making with much care all the while ensuring that the material limitations are overcome and an expressive architecture is allowed to emerge from the constraints. The Debris wall is built over a discovered foundation and with materials that are recycled from the site. The coconut shell filler slab enables the architect to reduce concrete in the same. While the house uses numerous alternate technologies, there is a certain whimsy and playfulness in its design.Save this picture!SectionThe small court ensures ventilation and the windows made from scrap but with a certain careful detailing. The levels of the site are explored for connections within and the house maintains a scale with sensitivity towards the neighbourhood.Save this picture!© Anand JajuAs urban influence spreads in smaller towns, many aspire for homes that often mimic the city with use of glass, concrete, steel and other urban materials that dominate the imagery. By resisting this omnipresent phenomenon and generating an architecture that is modern and yet, responsive to the specific conditions of its context will perhaps enable the towns to find their unique language.Save this picture!© Anand JajuPROJECT TECHNOLOGY:Considering the local nuances and the economic constraints, the materials were responsibly chosen; the walls rose out from the earth that was dug out within the site, the debris from the earlier building is turned to a curvilinear wall that forms the central courtyard and becomes the central focus of the house which is called the Debris Wall and is also the advent of a new technology.Save this picture!© WallmakersRecycled wood is used to create the furniture which derives it form from boxes to store lots of books for the client who is a school teacher. Further green initiatives include a rainwater harvesting and recycling system and a responsive passive air circulation achieved through the careful planning of the courtyard and the facades. The windows protected with meter boxes from a local scrapyard create a mural on the rammed earth walls as the day goes by. Coconut shells used as fillers in the concrete roof give a contemporary touch to the structure. The latter half of the house incorporates Ferrocement shell roofs. Looking at the local context, the project strikes out, humbly maintaining its commitment to the society and the environment.Save this picture!© Anand JajuDEBRIS WALL:Using meshed (22 gauge chicken mesh )casing reinforced with 6mm bars at 2 feet intervals vertically and horizontally, lump sized Debris added with 10% gravel and 5% cement and 5%manufactured sand with water was slightly tamped in 2cm layers to form the set of walls defining the entrance.INITIAL EMBODIED ENERGY:Debris walls consume 5 times less energy than a fired brick wall:Embodied energy of Debris wall = 850 MJ/m3Country fired brick Wall = 4,501.25 MJ/m3CARBON FOOTPRINTRammed earth walls are polluting 4 times less than country fired brick walls:Carbon footprint of Rammed earth wall cement = 110.11 Kg of CO2 /m3Country fired brick wall = 444.12 Kg of CO2 /m3Save this picture!© WallmakersRAMMED EARTH:-The other walls of the building are made of rammed earth directly from raw earth with 5% cement stabilization. Not only is the technique highly effective but it is also very strong with dry crushing compressive strength ranging from 6mpa-8mpa.INITIAL EMBODIED ENERGY:Rammed earth walls consume 4 times less energy than a fired brick wall:Embodied energy of Rammed earth wall = 1,112.36 MJ/m3Country fired brick wall = 4,501.25 MJ/m3CARBON FOOTPRINTRammed earth walls are polluting 4 times less than country fired brick walls:Carbon footprint of Rammed earth wall cement = 110.11 Kg of CO2 /m3Country fired brick wall = 444.12 Kg of CO2 /m3Save this picture!© WallmakersFERROCEMENT SHELLS:Roof is made of precast ferrocement shells lifted and placed in position manually. These wafer-like structures are steel reinforced arched shells with effective thickness of 1.5cm and they take equal load of respective R.C.C slabs. They effectively reduce the overall cement consumption by 40% and steel consumption by 30%.These replace the R.C.C Slab in roofing as they are as strong as 1200 kg/m2Save this picture!© WallmakersSPECIAL FEATURES:Further green initiatives include a rainwater harvesting and recycling system and a responsive passive air circulation achieved through the careful planning of the courtyard and the facades. The windows protected with meter boxes from a local scrapyard create a mural on the rammed earth walls as the day goes by. Coconut shells used as fillers in the concrete roof give a contemporary touch to the structure. The latter half of the house incorporates Ferrocement shell roofs. Looking at the local context, the project strikes out, humbly maintaining its commitment to the society and the environment.Save this picture!© Anand JajuProject gallerySee allShow lessFolding Settlement F3.stu / Atelier ProsperingSelected ProjectsThe Austin / Edmonds + Lee ArchitectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses, Sustainability•Pathanamthitta, India Photographs: Anand Jaju, Wallmakers Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Vinu Daniel CopyAbout this officeWallmakersOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityPathanamthittaIndiaPublished on October 20, 2018Cite: “Debris House / Wallmakers” 19 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.