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Flintstone 6: A sleek, modern farmhouse with a sustainable flair

  • Farmhouse
Feb 15, 2023
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This single-storey cottage in a farming community in rural Tamil Nadu blends into the terrain it is inspired by

Flintstone 6 was originally supposed to be a weekend farm getaway for Abhishek Ubale and his family—an escape from city life in the community of Sanctity Ferme, Shoolagiri village, Tamil Nadu (about 70 kilometres from Bengaluru).


But when the pandemic hit and brought with it WFH and prolonged shelter-in-place orders, they decided to make it their permanent home and shift base. Since the plot was part of a larger farming community, the owners were clear it had to be a simple, sustainable home and not a concrete monstrosity. Abhishek reached out to architect Fawaz Thengilan of Studio Mitti to create a home that would blend into its surroundings, without disturbing the existing landscape.

Beautiful Homes: Can you tell us about the project and what the homeowners wanted?

Fawaz: This is a single-storey, 2-bedroom, 2,000 sq ft cottage built on a farming community on the outskirts of Bengaluru. It’s a fairly simple structure—two bedrooms facing East, a multi-function living-cum-kitchen in the heart of the house, and a West-side car porch. The terrain is what sets it apart.


There are a lot of pristine lands available for sale beyond the Bengaluru-Hosur area, and this plot was in such a community, called Sanctity Ferme, which was already building sustainable model houses on the farm. The owner’s main ask was that we create a home that would not spoil the landscape and stick out. 

Architect Fawaz Thengilan & Abhishek - Beautiful Homes

Abhishek Ubale with architect Fawaz Thengilan of Studio Mitti.

BH: Can you tell us about the design philosophy and where you drew inspiration from?

Fawaz: The owners wanted the home interior design to blend in with the landscape… a house that would not conflict with nature; not too loud or flashy. The home also had to withstand the heat, so we had to create something with water bodies and lots of shade. Considering the dry, arid land and climate, the house had to be customised to the surroundings and not the individuals. The cottage is nestled amongst mango trees, cacti and majestic, rocky boulders that are common to the Deccan Plateau. The entire home has been designed drawing from these elements and in harmony with them. 

Explore ‘Flintstone 6’ an eco-friendly home designed by architect Fawaz Thengilan of Studio Mitti, located in Sanctity Ferme, Shoolagiri village, Tamil Nadu. Originally intended as a weekend farm getaway, the owners, Abhishek Ubale and his family, made it their permanent residence due to the pandemic and extended WFH orders. The home was designed to be sustainable and blend seamlessly into its surroundings, which was achieved by preserving the existing landscape and complementing the natural environment.

BH: Is the entire structure made of natural materials?

Fawaz: Largely, yes, and we have used an earthen palette all over the house. We tried to use as much “waste” material as possible from the land. For the walls, we used a Poured Earth Debris Wall (PEDW) construction technique that combines soil and quarry debris in a specific ratio, all sourced from the area. The bedroom floors are done in polished concrete, and for the roof, we used local casuarina wood and ferrocement (reinforced mortar poured over wire mesh), which is covered by a low-energy glass roof. The carpentry has been done in plywood.


BH: Two recurring design elements are boulders and a rounded, smooth pebble shape which is seen in the mirrors, door handles handles, and wardrobes—can you tell us about that?

Fawaz: The home is situated near the Deccan Plateau and Cauvery River basin and the region is dotted with boulders. The plot itself has many boulders, so we took inspiration from that. We created a composition using boulders and then turned it into artwork. This was also an attempt to make the space look seamless and natural; to adapt to the natural disturbances in the terrain and incorporate it into the space. Since we couldn’t use boulders in the construction as such, we took them as a reference point to create those standout design elements. And it’s quite a conversation starter!

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The home is surrounded by mango trees.

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The home has been built using natural materials like reclaimed wood, stone and concrete.

BH: You have built into the land in some places, bringing trees into the home. Was this challenging?

Fawaz: The plot already had several mango trees. So, we had some trouble finding an extended space for the home structure without cutting the trees. The thing is, when we skirt around trees and build away from them, the home ends up getting less space and volume. On the other hand, trees inside a room can be a hindrance. This was a bit of a challenge. However, when we align the trees to a wall, we get more space and there is less functional hindrance— so that’s exactly what we did.


BH: How is the temperature maintained within the house? Is it completely air-cooled?

Fawaz: There are zero ACs in the home! We have used low-energy glass to cut the heat (it cuts infra-red heat). The ceilings have been designed in such a way that there are vents between the low-energy glass and casuarina wood roof.


BH: Flintstone is overall quite a low-impact and eco-friendly home. Was that the intent from the beginning?

Fawaz: We didn’t go in with the idea of building carbon-neutral, eco-friendly or sustainable home. We simply took the client’s brief (a home that blends into the surroundings) and used the logic of not harming the planet. We used the techniques we already knew to make as low an impact as possible, using waste materials, reclaimed wood, etc. One sustainable home alone won’t reverse what’s happened to the environment, but by adopting these practices, we can plant a seed to slow down further ecological damage.

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The home is situated on a farming community in Shoolagiri village, TN.

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Fawaz and his team tried to adapt and build into the terrain as much as possible.

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The driveway leading to Flintstone 6.

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The entrance to the home.

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The car porch on the West side faces the mango groves.

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The home has an earthen palette and uses local materials.

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Granite boulders are used for the basin in the washroom.

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The master bedroom features polished concrete floors.

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Dappled sunlight flows through the central living-cum-kitchen.

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All the rooms have plenty of natural light.

Natural home design that goes with farmlands – Beautiful Homes

The home blends into the surrounding farmland.

Local casuarina wood logs for your roof – Beautiful Homes

The roof is made from local casuarina wood logs.

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Low-energy glass has been used to keep the home cool.


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