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This project was a renovation of an existing old keeth house in a dilapidated state of Elizabeth in the green belt of Auroville. Rains, animals and security were major concerns of the client and the main criterion was to find low cost building solutions due to minimal budget.

The intervention includes what is existing, keeping the columns and its base intact, renovated the plinth. The client wanted to shift the entrance for visual and vastu concerns. To incorporate same the existing entry was converted into an attached bathroom. A small kitchen included within the open plan ground floor. A new internal staircase connects directly with the first floor from inside for security, also offering an open air balcony.

Whole ground floor is mosquito proofed and protected by red colour MS grill, which stands out as a unique (at an angle allows for more space) low cost design element. Continuing the same language the new (octagonal with wind exhaust) roof is designed with MS rafter structure with GI sheets.

To see full Elizabeth House process documentaton, click the PDF link...


Client: Elizabeth

Year: 2015–2018

Location: Auroville, Tamil Nadu

Built Up Area: 87m²

Type: Residence

Team: Mona Doctor-Pingel, Melina Weidera, Pratha Bhagat, Ines Dahl, Roshita Sudhir

Structure: Studio Naqshbandi

Contractor: Basker, Nala Builders 

Photo Credits: Mona Doctor-Pingel

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