Chennai House
Part of:
  • Bijoy Jain (architect)
  • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)
  • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

Chennai House



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 72 drawings
    6 photographs
    10 models
Scope and content:
File documents a project for a private house in Chennai, India. The design takes the form of a rectangular pavilion surrounding an open-air courtyard. The site is a former cricket pitch surrounded by a tropical garden. The structure is in granite, a material commonly used in Chennai, paired with lighter materials such as brick and timber. To address the city's hot and humid climate, the house is conceived as a porous structure that allows free circulation of air and water. An integrated irrigation system carries water between the home's corrugated roof, its exterior walls, and a series of surrounding lotus ponds and gardens. This movement mimics the visual and cooling effects of a rain shower multiple times each day.
File contains drawings, photographs, and models.
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Materials in this project series were likely not arranged when they were first processed.

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