Alumni 2023

Kevin Chellakudam

Kevin Chellakudam is a Swiss–Indian interior architect currently serving as an Expansion Specialist for Alpine White in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. In this role, he leverages his expertise to enhance customer experiences and contribute to the company’s growth in the field of interior architecture and related areas.

Before enrolling in the MAIA program at HEAD – Genève in 2021, Kevin acquired valuable skills as a lighting designer at Vogtpartner in Zurich and as an interior architect intern at Studio Anares in London, laying the groundwork for his subsequent endeavors. Upon graduation, Kevin was awarded the Prix La Redoute for the best MAIA diploma project, with an exhibition showcased at the House of Newcomers during Zurich Design Week 2023. Additionally, his project Vitalizing Watertanks earned him the prestigious Interior Architecture Award at the Global Design Graduate Show 2023, sponsored by GUCCI and presented by Arts Thread.

Diploma Project
Vitalising Watertanks: Affordable Modular Housing Solution for Slums

Vitalizing Watertanks is an alternative solution offered to the government to create social housing. It is located in Kaloor, India, and aims to utilize the vacant space within the structure that supports a functional water tank. The project encourages community engagement in construction, fostering closer connections and reducing labor costs. The goal is to design self-sustained modular pods with various configurations while also respecting local dynamics and culture. These pods explore the concepts of prototyping and modular construction to create both public and private spaces. The modular nature of the project promotes a hands-on and adaptable approach, allowing residents to construct living units that can be tailored to their family size. The project can be replicated for other water tanks across the state of Kerala, India, thereby creating additional social housing opportunities. It aims to reduce slums and rejuvenate water canals while maintaining flexibility and practicality for the residents, while also considering cost-effectiveness.

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Vitalising Watertanks

Image Credits: © HEAD – Genève / Kevin Chellakudam, Guillaume Collignon