repurposed factory tiles and hinged glazing define residence in india

A permeable house made of REUSED materials

In the heart of Kochi, Indiaarchitect Koshy P. Koshy built the ‘Koshish’ residence by reusing old mangalore tiles, steel and windows from a dilapidated textile factory, 8 kilometers away. The design integrates a minimalist mix of industrial materials and open spaces to create a sense of unity with the surrounding nature. The result is a permeable structure with raised columns, hinged glazing and terracotta tiled walls, blur the line between inside and outside and enrich the entire area and its inhabitants.


transition between ground floor and first floor

all images courtesy of Koshy P. Koshy

collaborative spaces and brainstorming pod

The story of Koshish begins as you cross the narrow mud road that leads to the vibrant red entrance. Inside, tiles from four different locations were purchased to build the project’s pathways, walls and roof. Koshy P. Koshy’s architectural design gives each floor its own specific purpose. The ground level consists of a porch adjacent to a koi pond, toilets and a utility room. Climbing the stairs leads to the collaborative space, finished with terrazzo floors and surrounding the triple atrium connecting each level. With a cantilevered balcony on the north side and glazing on the east side, the building’s design maximizes ventilation and natural lighting while providing a thorough view of the rest of the site. The architect formed the second and final level as a brainstorm pod, containing a light window that directs light to the primary workspace.

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breathable window facades blend the structure with the garden

Divided floors promote collaborative spaces with natural light

Designed to create an interplay of levels on each floor, the residents experience a succession of descending heights as they move through each space. A subtle play of sunlight and shadows across the space ensures that there is no pause during the day in Koshish. In addition, the use of terracotta tiles in this project offers many structural benefits, including cooler temperatures, breathability and a timeless appearance. With a strong focus on sustainable practices and with the intention of providing an environment indistinguishable from the comfort of one’s own home, Koshish breathes life into its inhabitants, materials and timeless architecture.

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floor-to-ceiling grid windows provide natural light and ventilation

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open spaces in the garden

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metal plates subtly create an element reminiscent of leaves