This House With Just One Looped Wall Creates a Unique Living Space

published Aug 30, 2020
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Credit: T R Radhakrishnan and Aniket Umaria

A house with one single looped wall might seem inconceivable, but architects TR Radhakrishnan and Karthikeyan VJ have conceived just that. The duo designed House With One Wall, a home located in Getamock, Tanzania that has just one—yes, one!—single looped wall that wraps around the entire piece of architecture. It was initially conceived as part of a low-cost residential proposal for a 15-member family. The result is a stunning and unique space that meanders and turns throughout to create a fluid living situation—and, yes, there’s ample space for privacy, too, despite the whole one wall thing. 

The architects used local materials such as brick, organic mud plaster, stone, and timber to create the house, which accommodates temporary wooden partitions inside to break up parts of the space. More so, the looped walls also provide healthy ventilation and connect the surrounding spaces. The wooden interior is clad in an organic light brown hue, complimented by light fixtures and stunning colorful prints dangling from the ceiling.

Credit: T R Radhakrishnan and Aniket Umaria
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Per the floor plan, the components of the home feature some of the following: various bedrooms, a living and dining room, an outdoor and indoor kitchen, a family gathering area, a dressing room and bathroom, a courtyard for leisure, a verandah, crop storage, and a chicken coup. The entire structure highlights the idea that “every family member has an equal part in this home,” per Designbloom, and the single loop wall is an element for “everyone to make memories” and share their lives.

Credit: T R Radhakrishnan and Aniket Umaria

An illustrated rendering of House With One Wall (above) shows the full extent of just how the home is connected and the way in which circulation flows in and out. The result is a stunning and spacious abode ideal for large families, complemented by the farmland and trees of rural Tanzania.