The Keralian traditional way of house construction has changed over the decades. The traditional Nalukettu was the symbol of aristocratic elegance in olden times. Today, the old world charm of these beautiful structures are slowly fading from Kerala. The architectural splendours of yesteryear were based on Kerala’s peculiar climate.
Now however, the style and constitution of buildings have changed drastically despite very little change in the clime. Blessed with a pleasant and invigorating climate, neither the heat nor the humidity exceeds moderation in “God’s Own Country”. Yet housing projects today are in complete disharmony with this climate. A proper house should allow even the lightest of breeze to stimulate us. Truth be told, concrete structures do not agree with the environmental conditions of Kerala. Take our weather. Here we have extended periods of rain and summer. The intricately framed roofs and the traditional architecture of the Nalukettu provided a self-sustained temperature regulation without the need for air conditioners.
The placement of the house, interior arrangement, shape and layout of the structure, the materials used for construction, the placement of the doors and windows – all promised a comfortable environment inside the house in any weather condition. These structures were almost always built adhering to vastu principles and rules. Structures based on cement, metal and concrete rods do not agree with our climatic conditions. It is because of the fast heat-absorbency of concrete structures that we experience such high temperatures inside our homes nowadays.