Works

Residential

Pre-fabricated Bamboo House

Residence for Mrs. Lasika Reddy

Bamboo House at Rajahmundry

House of Five Elements, Bangalore

Earth House

Residence for Mrs. Lahiri

Residence for Mr. Sriram

Farmhouse for Mrs. Kenchamma

Guest house for ICT, DEI campus, Amritsar

Residence at IPIRTI

Prototype Bamboo Houses for Tsunami Victims

Guest house at Anandadhama

Farmhouse at Nanjangud

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Pre-fabricated Bamboo House

This project is an effort to revitalize the traditions of buildings with Bamboo in the contemporary context. Bamboo construction technique is most suitable to prefabrication either like trusses, frames, columns, wall panels and beams or as fully prefabricated units, which can be easily transported. In a country, which recognizes Bamboo only as a fishing cane, we designed the house in such a way that every component could be manufactured separately and assembled as a whole on site.


This project was aimed at manufacturing in India and constructing in Rome which was the second ever Bamboo Structure of its kind to be erected in Rome. A prototype Bamboo house as an entrepreneur to establish a business of pre- fabricated Bamboo Houses. The challenges in the project were:

  • To manufacture a house in CKD condition (up to 70-75%)

  • To give it a rustic ranch like look.

  • To make it cost effective.

  • Allowed area was only 10m2 and we had to create a living –dining-sleeping, cooking and bathing areas!

Bamboo is the main building material used to reduce embodied energy. The doors, windows and lintel are of Honne wood which is a plantation timber. Decking is of laminated pine and chestnut which is locally available in Rome. Rain water harvesting system is incorporated. Natural Organic sewage treatment is done by providing twin pits in place of septic tank. Natural Ventilation Window/ floor ratio > 40% --100%. Residence is Naturally Ventilated. Thermal insulation of Building envelope is done by special walling system with sandwiched insulation for thermal Storage. Solar systems PV and BIPV systems for total energy requirement with day lighting of 100%.

Client: Lino Lunardi

Location: Rome, Italy

Contractor: Aditi Constructions, Bangalore

Total Area: 47sqm

Completion Date: 2012

Residence for Mrs. Lasika Reddy

A terracotta, stone and bamboo based residence with BMCS roofing. Window sills are designed with stone. Bamboo crete walls for garage. First floor and second floor balcony have bamboo roof overhang with beautiful Bamboo railing.

Client: Mrs. Lasika Reddy

Location: Chaitanya Greenford, Whitefield, Bangalore

Contractor: Aditi Constructions

Total Area: 3000 sq. ft.

Bamboo House at Rajahmundry

A prototype for Mass housing developed for the dwellers of Forest Department. Using Bamboo and other natural materials for mass housing we can achieve development and environmental goals.

The house is designed with 4" bamboo columns along with 150mm thick bamboo-crete walls finished with white wash. The doors and window are of Jungle wood frame with BMB and glazing for the Shutters. The roof is BMCS fixed on 2” Bamboo battens, 3” dia. Bamboo rafters and 4”dia Bamboo pole beams, pyramidal tree like roofing. Flooring is finished with Red Oxide Flooring.

Client: Department of forest, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Location: Rajhmundry, Andhra Pradesh

Contractor: KARNIK, Bangalore

Total Area: 23 sq meters

Completion Date: 2004

House of Five Elements, Bangalore

Built by unskilled labor under supervision, was developed as a beautiful, large scale sustainable residence running on minimal energy and strives to become a zero energy home.

At every point in the house, one can feel the presence of the five elements of nature: water, air, earth, light, greenery. The house is spread along the east west direction, facing north. The spaces in this house flow and merge with each other, courtesy the two level open to sky courtyard with a water body- ‘Totti’, open kitchen and dining with a double height. There are three bedrooms and a drawing room, around the courtyard, which helps in cross ventilation. It has three skylights – one above the courtyard, and the others above the kitchen and verandah towards east. The first floor consists of two bedrooms with terraces and balconies. The rendezvous doesn’t end here –nature and interior spaces seamlessly merge into each other, coupled with Bangalore’s salubrious climate. The consequence is a house nestling in nature.

A bamboo building need not look ‘low-cost’ – imaginative design and the use of other locally available materials within the cultural context can make the building desirable rather than just acceptable.

Project duration: March 2008 – Nov 2009

Client: Neelam Manjunath

Location: Venkateshpura, Bangalore, India.

Contractor: Aditi Constructions

Total Area: 1118.07 sq. m.

Completion Date: 2009

Earth House

The house is designed with Stabilized Earth Block and Bamboo Corrugated Sheets. The south slope is provided with solar panels which will generate sufficient electric energy for the house. The house designed with RWH system and DEWAT system.

Project Duration: March 2008- December 2008

 

Client: Guru Dayal Saran

Location: Aditi GreenScapes , Bangalore

Contractor: Aditi Constructions, Bangalore

Total Area: 220 sq.m.

Completion Date: 2008

Residence for Mrs. Lahiri

Client: Mrs. Lahiri

Location: Eagleton Golf Resorts , Bangalore

Total Area: 10,000 sq. ft.

Residence for Mr. Sriram

Designed and built along the lines of a zero energy home. The profuse landscape connects the inside to outside of the house merging into the library in the basement. The house is constructed with natural materials like Stabilized mud block walls in combination with bamboo crete walls as internal walls. The staircase is designed with Bamboo Mat Board as treads with the RCC stringer beam. The roof is designed with 4” Round bamboo as main beams with 2” round treated bamboo as purlins with tar sheets as roofing. The flooring is cement finish flooring.

Client: Mr. Sriram

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka

Contractor: Aditi Constructions

Consultant: Afforest

Total Area: 2200 sq. ft.

Completion Date: 2014

Farmhouse for Mrs. Kenchamma

Client: Mrs. Kenchamma

Location: Santhebennur, Shimoga, Karnataka

Total Area: 2000 sq. ft.

Completion Date: 1997

Guest house for ICT, DEI campus, Amritsar

A Charrette Project with Bamboo, Mud and Waste. This is a unique project in which all the stake holders interacted directly with each other and participated equally in both the Design and the Construction process, including the interiors. The project helped in raising awareness at the community level on the importance of Bamboo and was crucial in kick starting the Bamboo courses at the Dayalbagh University. The Guest house layout was designed according to the overall master plan keeping in mind the approach to guest house to maximize use of prevailing wind direction and to maximize the usage of natural light without disturbing the existing trees on site. Designed considering the existing site contour levels with extensive plantation of indigenous plants. The walls are Bamboo crete walls with mud and/or lime plaster. 4" rounded bamboo frame work for roofing, with eco-board false ceiling has been used. Door and window frames are in local wood, railings are in bamboo and all furniture and interior design elements are in bamboo. The Lippan work is of Mud and cow dung plastering is for walls, flooring in guest rooms and outside flooring in sit out area. The local community got involved passionately and helped with the construction, on site. The entire process was carried out in a dynamic manner, viz. Design – Check feasibility – Aesthetics – Material availability – Training – Execute, so that the challenging deadline of just 18 days could be met.

Project Duration: 21st April 2015 - 9th May 2015 (18 days)

Client: ICT, DEI campus, Amritsar

Location: Amritsar, Punjab

Total Area: 1940 sq. ft.

Completion Date: 2015

Residence at IPIRTI

A 2 bedroom house designed to suit Bangalore climate and can be used as urban housing solution. The project promotes bamboo as an acceptable and admirable material of housing even for the common man.

Material Components selection strategy was to avoid use of primary timber and explore usage of Bamboo. Bamboo is the main building material. Silver oak is used for door/window frames and lintel, which is a plantation timber. Project uses recycled materials like Broken ceramic tiles in sit outs, utility area flooring and for decorating patterns. Building Energy Features Window/floor area percentage 22-25% in each room with maximum natural Ventilation by placing windows strategically to ensure cross ventilation. Bamboo split grills have been fixed above 7’ to ensure good circulation. Day lighting 100% from windows. Diffused lighting from sky light and glazing above 7’.

Client: Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute, (IPIRTI)

Location: IPIRTI Campus, Bangalore, Karnataka

Contractor: KARNIK

Total Area: 930 sq. ft.

Completion Date: 2006

Prototype Bamboo Houses for Tsunami Victims

In the wake of earthquakes, tropical storms and hurricanes, bamboo shelters provide quick, sturdy, humanizing and cost-effective ways to house thousands of residents rendered homeless and recovering from the disaster.

Construction of a Bamboo shelter prototype for tsunami victims. A permanent housing solution for disaster management, built by the victims of the Tsunami under the training and supervision of CGBMT. Built by the victims of the Tsunami under the training and supervision of CGBMT.

Client: Bamboo Society of India

Location: Hutbay, Andaman

Contractor: Aditi Constructions, Bangalore

Total Area: 100 sq. ft.

Completion Date: 2005

Guest house at Anandadhama

Client: Anandadhama

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka

Total Area: 450 sq. ft.

Farmhouse at Nanjangud

Client: Mr. Mahadev, Minister of Sericulture

Location: Nanjangud, Karnataka

Total Area: 3000 sq. ft.