2500 SQ.FT HOUSE BUILT OF MUD
When Jithendran, Joint Commissioner, Rural Development Department and his wife Shima, Lecturer, S.N.College, Kollam approached architect Yujin Pandala, Sreemangalam, Mathilil.P.O, Kollam for a design of their dream house, they weren’t prepared for what he had to offer: a house made of mud.
weighing pros and cons, when they finally agreed to the concept, Prof.
Pandala went into action. On
a rubble masonry foundation, the architect built the walls using clay-rich
soil stabilized with 5% cement.
walls were then soaked with wet cloth for 2 months to gain strength.
On top of the walls a fero-cement roof followed by a layer of
bitumen and roof tiles were laid.
house, ‘Bodhi’, looks like a giant mushroom.
Inside the house, almarah, bed, TV stand, table and stools were
made of clay.
who is head of Architecture Department in T.K.M.College of Engineering,
Kollam, says that clay is the most suitable material for building homes in
Kerala. While construction of
ordinary houses involves 70% material cost and 30% labour, for a mud house
the material cost is only 30%. By
utilizing the balance amount for labour, a house with better facilities
can be constructed.
is now on leave to implement a project for constructing mud houses in the
adivasi villages of Bihar. Bisop
Jerome Nagar Shopping Centre, Kollam and Spiritual Animation Centre,
Kottiyam are some of the other projects completed by him.
Courtesy: T.K.Sunil Kumar(text), Robert Vinod (photo), Karshakashree, February 2001
Contributed by: Administrator
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