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Made in Earth | Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India


  • Architects: Made in Earth
  • Location: Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Design Team: M. Cosenza, G.C. Genito, A. Palmieri, F. Scognamillo, A. Turchi, T. Varriale
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Made in Earth



From the architect. When really designed for people, architecture improves the environment and supports human lives. Guided by this overall aim, in 2010 the Italian NPO (non-profit organization) Made in Earth (MiE) has started collaborating with the Indian NGO Terre des Hommes Core Trust: the goal is to create an integrated network of buildings and activities for needy local communities in Tamil Nadu region, following them from early childhood and continuing through their education and beyond.




The building structure is composed of two monolithic concrete slabs, the raised plinth and the walkable roof. Within them five brick colored boxes are freely disposed and contain all required functions: three dormitories, the mummy’s bedroom and office, shared bathrooms, the living room and one kitchen with a separated larder. Interior empty spaces define gathering and distributive spaces. Colorful volumes stretch out from the wide flat roof as skylights and chimneys for natural ventilation, looking like construction toys. A bamboo curtain wall envelopes the house, creating shaded areas between indoor and outdoor spaces.




  • Consultant: Energia & Ambiente srl
  • Founders: G. Artese, A. Catani, A. Catapano, E. Ciccarelli, M. Gaeta, S. Gorini, D. Lama, S. Riccio, F. Sciarelli
  • Donor: Mr. Roberto Grassi
  • Beneficiary: Terre des Hommes Core Trust
  • Via (archdaily.com)