As the world around has only begun to focus on sustainable architecture, award-winning architect and CET Alumnus, Vinu Daniel had a vision that was way before its time; taking green architecture and sustainable construction to a whole new extent with his use of mud, bamboo, and recycled material of all kinds: used bottles, scrap metal, jute sacks, coconut shells, broken bricks and more.
After his graduation in 2005, he worked with Auroville Earth Institute for the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Post-Tsunami construction.
In line with his passion for music, for Vinu, each house is a work of art, a place with a soul of its own and no two houses of his are the same. Much like a musical composition in brick and mud.
Vinu has two patents in his name for Debris Wall and Shuttered Debris Wall, which he shares it with architect Shobhita Jacob. He has also won the award for the low-cost eco-friendly house from ‘Save Periyar’ Pollution Control Committee. The house had been constructed for a cancer patient and was sponsored by K J Yesudas.
The design of St. George Orthodox Church at Mattancherry won him the NDTV award in 2015 and the IIA National award in 2016. He had also built the pavilion for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale at Aspinwall House at Fort Kochi in 2016.
With climate change wreaking havoc on how we live our everyday lives and the emergence of an eco-friendly consciousness among many, sustainable architecture has become a model that everyone wants to adopt.