DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR HOT & DRY CLIMATE

DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR HOT & DRY CLIMATE

DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR HOT & DRY CLIMATE

Architecture design based on climate
Climate is one of the factors which impact on Architecture design. So, as a famous architect in Bangalore representing a top architecture firm called Design thoughts architects, I would like to share some information regarding the impact of  Climate on Architecture design. If an architect can design a building by keeping this point as a reference then the building design and elevation look appealing.

Roof space ventilation

BUILDING DESIGN:

  1. Detailing building fenestration design and construction details to promote shading, heat loss and insulation.
  2. Larger building dimensions should face north & south.
  3. Double walls with insulation in between are a suitable solution
  4. The size of the windows on the east and west sides should be minimized in order to reduce heat gain
  5. The flat roof is a good reflector and re-radiates heat efficiently, especially if it consists of a solid, white painted material.
  6. The courtyard is provided with water and plants, it acts as a cooling source.
  7. Internal courtyards provide cross ventilation and natural cooling.
  8. Inlets to be provided at lower levels and outlets at a higher level as they serve to vent the hot air.
  9. Suitable radiation barriers in the form of canopies, chajjas, and long verandahs should be provided on the west side of the building.
Ventilation design
There are many states in India which has a hot and dry climate which are described below:
  • Rajasthan: Jaisalmer – This is called the “Golden City” of Rajasthan. The yellow sand and yellow sandstone that’s utilized in each engineering of the city gives a yellowish brilliant tinge to the city and its encompassing regions. The architectural style plan that is used in this is “courtyard planning”.  Other cities in Rajasthan include Kota, Baran, Jhalawar, Banswara, south-west Udaipur and adjacent areas of Mt. Abu.
  • Madhya Pradesh – The places which have a hot and dry climate in MP is Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Rewa, Singrauli. 
  • Gujarat – Ahmedabad is the capital which has the maximum hot and dry climate throughout summer.
  • Andhra Pradesh – Vijayawada, Khammam, Thallarevu (East Godavari) are some of the southern places in AP.

Air circulating

As an Architect, I would like to suggest a few points :
  • Increase greenery in your building.
  • Educate people about the importance of climate. 
  • Use eco-friendly materials that are suitable for all seasons.
Roof space design
Athangudi tiles

Athangudi tiles

TRACING THE LEGACY OF ATHANGUDI TILES

Athangudi tiles

Are you searching for a good quality tile? Haven’t you got any of them despite multiple searches? Haven’t any building materials firm offered you the best one till now? As a top architecture firm, we recommend one of the best selling tiles in South India. These tiles are called Athangudi tiles. The best architects always choose these tiles for residential and commercial projects. Athangudi is a tiny village in Karaikudi in the district of Sivaganga that shot to fame for its handmade tiles. Essentially made from cement, what sets these tiles apart is that they are pressed and molded by hand on glass surfaces. Athangudi falls in the Chettinad region, where the palatial mansions of the Chettiars are filled with these specialized tiles.

 

 

 

 

Athangudi tiles

The affluent Chettiars had their mansions kitted out with products from all over the world. Tiles from Spain, teak from Burma, enamel from Czechoslovakia, marble from Italy, and ceramic tiles from Minton. While traditional South Indian homes had floors made of clay or stone, the homes of the Chettiars were a veritable melange of cultures and products from all over the world that included floors sporting tiles that were easy to manage and came with a glazed, fine finish. Walk into Athangudi, and you will enter the world of color. Homes, small and big, are awash with the famous intricately patterned and gloriously hued tiles.

 

 

Athangudi tileThe factories are not large; most of them have a few workstations where craftsmen are hard at work using their hands to mold and craft these richly patterned tiles. What makes them so alluring even today? It’s the process and the fact that they are eco-friendly.

The freshly finished tiles are kept immersed in water for around 8 to 12 days and dried for 24 hours to make them tightly knit and compact. At the end of this process, the tile slides away from its resident glass frame and is dried out completely by covering them with locally-sourced rice husks. The natural oils in the husk are absorbed by the tiles, giving them a natural sheen and glazed finish.

 

The unique quality of Athangudi tiles

Athangudi special tile

Athangudi tiles are considered sui generis because of their high durability, affordability, and their ability to be customized.

Although they come in a limited range of colors like red, green, and mustard, among others, they are not fried or baked, which makes them easy to maintain. In fact, the colors become brighter with use and additionally, coconut oil can be used to keep them shining.

The tiles are also environmentally friendly with no chemicals in them, which makes them ideal for urban living. Due to these features & eco-friendly nature as a top architect, I would like to suggest to go with these tiles for the welfare of society. Can it get any better than this?