Controlling the process of Sustainability
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How the firm evolved
Revising Baker’s techniques
Good Earth’s first venture into community housing was ‘Good Earth Hamlet’
The rainwater from the roofs is allowed to percolate through the courtyard, thus recharging the ground water. Organic waste is collected for composting; to achieve a sustainable recycling system. Thus the design works efficiently, using minimum circulation space and a maximum of the site to create a built environment, which enhances the lives of its inhabitants. A result of enthusiastic teamwork between the architects, engineers, masons and other skilled workers, the project was completed within the estimated cost, in a period of 16 months. The hamlet today, with perhaps a flower patterned curtain on a window, clothes hanging on a terrace, people conversing across terraces and a tricycle left in a courtyard, gives warmth, security and enough room for individual expressions while embracing them into the community.Project: Good Earth Hamlet Location: Chalikavattom, Kochi 17 family units Total Built up area: 22,500sqft Project Cost: र150 lakhs
Himanshu Burte for BuildoTech Magazine India
- The design creates an identity for each home, involving the user, and balancing the efficiency of scale with their responses.
- Verandahs and courtyards within the homes are used to create personal expression and craft.
- Simple forms, practical detailing respond to each context, rather than being standardised, which then creates an interesting space and place.
- Waste water treated through a DEWATS system, and recycled, used for irrigation.
- Rainwater collection tank with storage upto 15 days.
- The use of indigenous species in the landscape, to create biodiversity. Species with a cultural, medicinal and conservation value.