Alarine Earth Home by Zarine Jamshedji Architects in Kochi, India

Project: Alarine Earth Home
Zarine Jamshedji Architects
Kochi, India
Area: 4,090 sf
Year: 2023
Photographs by:
Syam Sreesylam

Alarine Earth Home by Zarine Jamshedji Architects

Alarine Earth Home, a testament to the fusion of architectural expertise and construction prowess, stands as an embodiment of Zarine Jamshedji Architects’ visionary architect, Zarine Jamshedji, and construction virtuoso, Cornelis Alan Beuke. With an unwavering desire to create a home that seamlessly melds into its surroundings, the project is a masterclass in sensitivity and considerate design.

Incorporating Stereogram’s Innovative Building Technology, renowned for its structural strength, insulation, and construction speed, the project became a reality in just six months. Here, modernity intertwines with tradition as high-tech materials blend effortlessly with low-tech elements, like repurposed tree roots and waste Schnell panels. Sustainability takes center stage, from repurposed materials to permaculture-inspired landscapes. Alarine Earth Home is a living testament to the fact that beauty transcends design language, and innovative, sustainable solutions can be achieved through a thoughtful blend of the old and new.

Alarine Earth Home embodies the coming together of the professional and personal lives of architect Zarine Jamshedji and Construction veteran Cornelis Alan Beuke. Jamshedji is the founder and principal architect of Zarine Jamshedji Architects, and Beuke has had many years of experience in construction. Architect’s Note: “We looked for a site that resonated with our desire of how and where we wanted to live. A vision of how we wanted to build emerged instantaneously from it. The desire to have a home that ‘blends in’ the true sense of the word into the land and landscape, not be intrusive, or block the expansive paddy field for our neighbors in the rear.

‘Architecture Design can be both sensitive and considerate.’ – Once the land was found we couldn’t wait to live on it. We chose Stereogram’s Innovative Building Technology (Schnell 3D Panel construction system) for its unmatched properties –Structural strength, high insulation, construction speed, and the perfect combination of prefab and in-situ. Total time for construction, interiors, and landscape was 6 months, from site start to finish. Thanks to the intense partnership with everyone who worked with us. We visited a laterite cutting workshop for a large cement-less retaining wall, for a project of ours. We requested the collection of the waste laterite paste from the workshop floors and adapted it as the wall plaster render. Bringing together a high-tech material for its efficiency and a low-tech material for its earthiness – Unlike a conventional home, there is no main door. You enter below an array of solar panels into a seamless communal living, dining, and kitchen space and further a column-free sit-out that merges ahead; uninterrupted with the landscape and the paddy.

Several pieces of furniture & light fittings are made from waste Schnell panels. An old tree root found on site was cleaned and repurposed. The plinth of an old pumping shed was converted into an outdoor landscape seating space. An old trench was enlarged to form a pond to hold water from the paddy for irrigation and be refilled from the roof water. Bio Septic tank to ensure proper digestion of sewage and the same recycled for landscape use. The roof is planted with Vetiver (Khus, Miracle grass), for both its properties and its aesthetics to merge seamlessly with the paddy ahead. A lone dying teak tree on the property was brought back to life. Principles of Permaculture are brought into the landscape.

Sustainable Landscapes are not only about what they look like but what they do – We believe that a good designer can create timeless beauty with any material without being obsessed with a single design language or style. Different situations call for new architecture and we must keep trying to come closer to more effective sustainable solutions.“

Zarine Jamshedji Architects


Tags: contemporary, Earth Home, exterior, India, interior, Kochi, luxury, modern, Zarine Jamshedji Architects

Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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