Traditional Kerala Architecture: Elements and Features
Verandah is the oldest form of sit-out. But unlike the modern sit-out, it is a long covered outer space that runs along the front or sides of the house. Typically used for relaxation and socializing, it is used as a partition space between the inside and outside of the house. The backside verandah is used for drying clothes, storing firewood, and as a workspace.
Woodwork is a special feature of Kerala architecture. Wood is extensively used for doors, windows, pillars, and ceilings and the work is marked by artful designs and patterns which enhance the aesthetic appeal of the entire building. The wood also creates a cooling atmosphere and provides natural ventilation and light.
Courtyard is very common but an ensemble inclusion in ancient Kerala architecture. It is an open space in the middle of the house that provides natural light and soothing ventilation to the surrounding rooms. It is also a common venue for rituals, cultural functions, and social gatherings.
Unlike the modern architectural design, the staircase is designed outside the main building and can be seen from the road. Usually, the staircase is made of wood or stone with architectural carvings on them.
An open bathroom or ‘Marappura’ is a key feature of traditional Kerala houses. This is a separate entity away from the main building and is sky open. Ensuring natural light and ventilation, this bathroom offers privacy also.
Materials used in Traditional Kerala Architecture Elements
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