Vernacular Craft

Architect R.L. Kumar of the Centre for Vernacular Architecture designs a house in Bangalore resplendent in laterite and exposed brick. The clients approached Kumar to transform an existing dingy 25-year-old house to accommodate the family requirements of three bedrooms, a family room and the need for spill out spaces. The existing basic structure of the poorly ventilated and lit house consisted of a brick and mortar construction with an upper floor of wooden joists and plywood flooring. Retaining the footprint of the house in the ground floor, Kumar dismantled the contents while reworking the interior layout, amalgamating a vernacular solution with an emphasis on recycling existing materials.