Our perception of leisure travel is changing in some ways thanks to many reasons lately. A trend shift where people now avoid crowded destinations against more peaceful solitude like places isn’t a surprise. Call it an epidemic risk or general change in mindset natural getaways and mostly countryside are gaining popularity world over. But the important game-changer during this shift is nearly negligible commute for many office going population and this may continue with coming generations.

While usual hustle was to squeeze during a holiday at a weekend now performing from anywhere has opened an opportunity to measure within a vacation rather than short What does this mean for the leisure industry? What possibilities does this liberated work-home relationship hold for dense cities that need no commute?


The internet solves tons of problems for the planet , especially the one that pertains with distance. This unlocks the thought that we will sleep in less crowded places with rural & scenic qualities. we will choose where our window faces, how big the house are often , what all it needs, more sort of a farmhouse.

Although farmhouses are short term leisure properties, this new typology are often of getting future stays for nearly 50% of the year. But with new possibilities, it brings new challenges to the agricultural . the thought of the town sort of a budget in rural areas brings tons of decision-making powers, to architects and therefore the clients they build for.

The development control rules are lenient and possibilities are endless. this is often liberating and alarming altogether senses if we come to research it. The factor of rural fabric which will be hampered by such city as construction styles is that the biggest identity threat to the rapid rural expansion of the town . How can we discover a balance?


Villa Vernacular may be a design challenge focused on building a motion towards responsible leisure properties across the planet . it’s a thought that appears towards equalizing the balance between rural identities and concrete demands. the power to pay does give access to each construction technology at hand, but the challenge wants to normalize the very fact that living in rural should be a healthy exchange rather than closed compound construction and living just like the city.

The design brief is to develop a villa for a family of 4, who have switched to figure from home completely and appears to measure within the countryside for half the year. The client profile are often defined by the participants followed by which design process can begin considering a vernacular approach for the whole building scheme.


The Client: Build an in depth client profile that covers description, choices, hobbies and backgrounds.
Place: Understand the context, the place, cultures, values, community from in relevant dimensions you would like to weave the planning in.
Spaces: Identity and craft spaces for the client and your understanding of the place.
Knit: Develop the spaces and construction in relevance to context the building belongs in.


The site for this edition of Villa Vernacular is chosen in Kerala. Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations also as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, monkeys and tigers.

Kerala’s history is ancient, has centuries-old foreign trade links and an extended tradition in art and literature. With a really high literacy rate, Kerala is at the forefront in setting high standards in social justice, gender equality, health and education within the country. An epitome of spiritual harmony, it had been through Kerala that Christianity and Islam made its entry to India. And not just that! The country’s first church and mosque are located in Kodungallur in central Kerala.

Kerala is that the spice garden of the planet . Earlier, traders from far-flung lands reached Kerala in search of the spices. Later, European powers followed this spice route to succeed in Kerala. Enriched naturally and abundance of water, Kerala are often reckoned because the land of rains.


Alappuzha also was known by its former name Alleppey, is that the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District within the Indian State of Kerala. Alappuzha may be a city and a municipality in Kerala with an urban population of 174,164 and ranks third among the districts in literacy rate within the State of Kerala. Alappuzha is taken into account to be the oldest planned city during this region and therefore the lighthouse built on the coast of the town is that the first of its kind along the Laccadive beach .

The site is within the region known as the backwaters of Kerala. The site is surrounded by farms and a network of rivers with scenic views.

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    Villa Vernacular – Kerala Leisure is better when contextual
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    April 05, 2021 12:00 AM
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    April 06, 2021 12:00 AM
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