In India, a rose-coloured building keeps cool without air con

Parekh Collaborative have designed a house in India which does not require any air conditioning. Transforming a family home in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Parekh Collaborative used low-tech architectural methods to naturally ventilate and cool the building. 

The family home, called Rambaugh, is over 20,000 square feet and celebrates outdoor-indoor living by connecting the spacious interiors with the gardens, creating ample room for family gatherings. The façade and the interiors are made from a rose-coloured stone called jali, which is handcrafted into traditional Mughal patterns.

The building maintains a constant temperature of 6-8°C throughout the year and keeps cool due to its double envelope, created via a 'stack ventilation' process which moves the cool air upwards throughout the space. As the building has openings at the bottom and the top, cool air travels into the home and rises due to the negative pressure. The pressure differences in and outside of the building keep the house cool throughout the year and the incorporation of a Tamarind Tree creates a calming green environment benefiting the family's well-being. 

To learn more about Rambaugh, click here

By Anna Marks 

All image credits: Nachiket Gujar

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