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Manjodaya House, Bengaluru, India by Ecumene Habitat Solutions

Project name:
Manjodaya House
Architecture firm:
Ecumene Habitat Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Bengaluru, India
Atik Bheda
Principal architect:
Vasudevan R Kadalayil
Design team:
Shrividya Shettigar, Ezhilarasi P, Venkatesh Habib
Electrical Consultants: JES Design Consultants; HVAC Consultants: Breeze HVAC Systems; Quantity Surveyors: Greensoul Lifespaces Pvt. Ltd.; Structural Consultants: Sigma Consultants Bangalore; Initial Concept Plans: Prasanna Purohit; Design Development: Alwin Varughese, Savanraj Dani; Graphics: Anakha Mohanlal Painting Contractor: Mr. Tharanath; Marble Laying Contractor: Mr. Bansilal; Woodwork: Mr. Kannan; Interior Works: Mr. Kannan False Ceiling: Mr. Abid; Electrical & Fabrication: Royal Electricals & Fab Tec Engineering; Plumbing Contractor: Mr. Uday; Home Theatre Consultant & Contractor: Edomotics; Phe Consultant: Bays Consultancy; Kitchen Consultants: Creative Modules
Interior design:
Ecumene Habitat Solutions
Built area:
1883 m²
Site area:
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Civil engineer:
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Environmental & MEP:
Studio Confluence
Tools used:
Brick, concrete, glass, wood, stone
Residential › House

Ecumene Habitat Solutions: Located in Electronic City, Bengaluru, the homes belonging to two brothers are set in a context that is fast changing from a rural to urban character. The choreography and architecture of this building set amidst a lush native landscape reflect the ethos of their lives.


On entering the plot, a picturesque pergola frames the residence capturing the essence and summary of the design.  All materials used in the building are portrayed at this point. Lined by green on either side, the pergola uses clay jali walls and metal beams, with a provision for creepers. The entrance path leads to a large lawn in the centre of the plot ringed by the two homes and a club house building that houses the common parking area and the fitness centre.

The path is uniquely detailed using a combination of the locally available Sadarahalli granite and grass pavers. The grass pavers enhance the water permeability of the ground. With the homes framed in one view, the jali work becomes prominent and one can see the two different patterns of terracotta blocks used here. The camp jali is combined with a four-petal design, creating an interesting interplay of light and shade.

The two houses are similar yet distinct in terms of their experience. The home in the South East is horizontal and flatter compared with the home in the South West which has tall volumes. The second building has a double height car porch with a roof garden overlooking the view. This roof garden is lined with plants and lawn at the centre, having a skylight feature right above it. Black lapaturo granite finish is used as flooring thereby highlighting the car porch.

The main entrance exudes warmth with the introduction of wood, paired with white interiors. The colour palette used throughout has strictly been minimal and yet stands out in its own way. Vastu (the traditional Indian planning tradition) has been followed to a large extent for the planning of the various spaces. The interiors of these houses are large in scale and a careful selection of materials have been made in order to maintain and amplify the scale of the space. A unique feature of the building is the extendable living room that can connect the two buildings, thereby converting the space into a multipurpose hall.


The choice of construction, materials and form has a direct influence on the emotional character of a space. The dramatic yet warm character is achieved through a minimal palette. The careful mix of white interiors with raw natural wood and terracotta tiles. White is typically associated with minimalism, but contrary to its nature, here this timeless and achromatic colour, has been used to create enormous spaces.

Wood has been used extensively, mostly on ceilings. An intricately carved wooden wall becomes the focus of the living room. The steel staircase is a highlight feature, made with metal plates and wood cut in an L shape. This is done to avoid the fixing of two wooden planks and thereby avoiding the formation of a visibly seen joint. The stair is supported by 2 cnc cut steel beams. Altogether the stair looks light and minimal.

Project Description Credits: Seethal S.R & Vasudevan R Kadalayil

By Liliana Alvarez

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