Hallmark- a community of 10 independent villas. At Eroor, Vyttila. The Two, Three and Four bedroom units has been designed to have complete privacy, apart from each space being naturally lit and well ventilated. The rooms within are spacious, with details of furniture positions having been designed. Amenities like 4.5 m wide internal road, common area, round the clock security, water supply, etc complete the picture of this development.
Good Earth “Hues of Life” is a tropical apartment building. The sky garden or terraces are staggered on alternate floors to form a checkered board like spacing, which enhances the air movement between floors. The double height spacing between the gardens, gives each one a private uninterrupted bit of sky. . The structure is built with cavity walls using terracotta blocks.
Nested along the banks of Kaniyampuzha River is Good Earth Haveli. Planned along a street which culminates in an open space by the waterfront, the individual units occur through courts and green setbacks. The street is pedestrian, the car park being separate from it. The ground floor units have a rear private open space, and the first floor units, most of which are duplex, have terraces at each level.
Good Earth Elements is published as a case study for Energy Efficient Multi- Storey Residential Projects by BEEP (The Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project). BEEP is a bilateral cooperation between the Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss Confederation.The project also won NDTV Award 2015 in the Premium Project of the Year – South category.
Good Earth’s first venture into community housing was ‘Good Earth Hamlet‘.An attempt at community housing which bridged the existing gap between independent houses and the urban stereotype block of flats. The emphasis has been on community spaces to encourage interaction while at the same time providing for individual privacy.
Hymns of life was our first innovation in going vertical. In the past, most of our developments were low rise, and emphasized on the relationship to land, the importance of community spaces.At “Hymns” we have tried to recreate the same character, which has been transformed through what we call “sky gardens”, in each apartment. These are open green terraces which besides creating a bit of the outdoors even at the higher floors break the severity of the scale, making it more human.The design of the sky gardens minimize the heat and moisture on the lower floors, by virtue of protecting the walls below. The landscaped garden, acts as a buffer from the dust, heat and the lashing rain.
The search for a land that can carry our dream ended when we saw this property. We can’t figure out what stopped us- may be the waters that whispered with the banks; or the swaying palms that lined up on the shores; or the country boat that went by; or the sight of Chinese net the fishermen use; or the wooden boat jetty on the other side that wore the marks of aging…
Aangan is our latest addition to the villa communities in Cochin. On a contoured landscape, the attempt is to create a development that minimally affects the terrain while ensuring unique identity to individual homes. Homes look in to the central courtyard (Aangan) that is inundated with a treasure trove of native flora that is home to a variety of butterflies, cuckoos, squirrels and more. Individual homes also have its own private landscaped areas that are connected to the homes with large verandahs.
Good Earth Melange is a tropical high rise apartment building, a green alternative which responds to and takes advantages of the climate and location. The design minimizes the common walls between apartments. The units are designed as homes that open up to the outside through verandahs and sky gardens. The cavity walls capture the hot air which is expelled using air vents on the roof keeping the indoors cool. The lobby also has been designed as an extension of the landscape with sky gardens. The design attempts to break away from the typical apartment plan to bring in elements of a home in space planning.