The totally rustic entrance of this house in Thrikkakara is charming. A wooden wicket door opens into a charming foyer leading to the main door and the living room, writes Shyama Rajagopal.

Beyond the unpretentious front elevation of architect Joseph John’s house at Thrikkakara lies a world full of surprises. The elevation for a visitor is like the unassuming cupboard in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ that opens up a whole new world of fantasy.

Having designed the amusement parks Wonderla and Vismaya, Mr. John is adept at thrilling visitors with surprises.

Though he had an artistic bent of mind, owing to circumstances, he was forced to take up architecture at a time when he was prepared to join Santiniketan, a train ticket in his pocket.

He says he has no regrets as he continues his tryst with the brush and sculpts materials as part of his assignments.

A showy front is a no-no for him. But he feels having a front elevation for a house is a matter of personal choice. “People should be open to the elements if they want to enjoy living in their houses,” he says.

Mr. John has designed the living spaces in his 2,800 sq.ft. house around a beautiful backyard. Most of the space is spent on expansive living areas where pergolas bring in the drama of light all through the day.

The totally rustic entrance is charming. A wooden wicket door opens into a charming foyer leading to the main door and the living room. The green and the bloom in the backyard come upon the eye as the windows and doors open into it.

No ornamentation

Simple walls and pillars sans ornamentation designed in a sort of semi circle enclose a backyard into which open the living spaces. The dining area and the family living space are conjoined. While the former leads into an expansive kitchen, latter leads into the master bedroom on the ground floor. Two bedrooms along with a work space and home theatre on the upper floor complete the house.

“I have provided more space to living areas than to bedrooms,” said Mr. John.







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