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Paliam Veedu, at Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala, by Meister Varma Architects

Paliam Veedu, at Chendamangalm, Kerala, by Meister Varma Architects

The Paliam family patriarchs were hereditary prime ministers to the erstwhile Kingdom of Cochin, Kerala. Today the ancestral home and palace of this family is a heritage complex about an hour’s drive from the city of Cochin. The client who got a small parcel of 160 sqm in the family partition decided to build a vacation home on it. – Meister Varma Architects

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Vault House at Cochin By Meister Varma Architects

Unbuilt Project: Vault House at Cochin By Meister Varma Architects

The living and working areas are contained in 2 buildings connected by a walkway. The horse-saddle roof doubles up over the brick vault for shade from the tropical sun. Thick brick walls with natural limestone rendering on the east and west side reflect solar radiation to keep the house cool. – Meister Varma Architects

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