This House Flaunts Vernacular Style Architecture with Cutting Edge Illumination

Navapatra, The New Leaf by Studio 3 TwentyOne

Navapatra was a vision to revamp an existing house to amalgamate the quality outdoor space with the life indoors.


Enveloped in the tropical greens, the house flaunts vernacular style with cutting edge eco-friendly aspects. Adhering to the principles of sustainable architecture, we followed a realistic and pragmatic design approach in retaining the existing structural and spatial core.

The extensions were carefully crafted so that it merged naturally with the original structure and it formed an integral part of the edifice. It is designed to allow filtered views enriched with the foliage across the house, further pushing the barriers of indoors and outdoors.

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Reflecting the essence of Kerala Vernacular Architecture, the courtyard improves the lighting and air quality of the rooms around it like that in a “Nalukettu”. The patio extends into the flora around holding delightful sights.

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Conscious use of tones and textures of teak wood and greenery against the white plastered backdrop, which are enriched with the use of warm lights creating enchanting indoor experience.

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The existing contours are complemented with the terraced landscaping without compromising on the dramatic natural setting. The abode wrapped and nourished in the scenery makes the picturesque house, just as a new leaf!


Project: Navapatra, The New Leaf

Location: Kottayam, Kerala

Design House: Studio 3 TwentyOne

Principal Architects: Ar. Anupa Kurian

Design Team: Ar. Elizabeth Eape, Ar. Ashwika George

Photography: Ar. Prashanth Mohan, Running Studios


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