CONSTRUCTION REQUESTS: This site cannot help you if you want to build a house. This is an informational site only. Please use this website to contact Costford directly for any designing/ building requests. Sorry for the bolded text but I've had this message on the front page in normal print and still get several requests per day sent to the website.If you do have any other contributions/ questions/feedback please do mail or leave a guestbook entry.
Vineet Radhakrishnan (grandson of Laurie Baker and website contact)
Rare video clip of Laurie Bake talking about his architectural principles, why we need to conserve natural resources, the benefits of lime and his philosophy of avoiding wastage:
May 2013: Added 2 Documentary videos and some news features here
Over 100 new photos added! Thanks to Bruno Vellut for contributing the photos
Added downloadable links to Laurie Baker's Architectural Booklets.... click here
This is the official website of Laurence Wilfred Baker (Laurie Baker), renowned British-born Indian architect and humanitarian.
The site provides information about his life, his beliefs, his work and his architectural principles of cost-effectiveness, use of locally available materials, respect for nature, avoidance of energy-intensive materials and wastage minimization to create low-cost, beautiful, high quality buildings which long pre-empted modern concepts such as eco-friendliness and sustainable architecture.
Baker's body of work is significant both in terms of the volume and sheer diversity as well as in terms of the innovative and practical concepts he introduced. He has designed and built a dance village, computer institutes, fishermens huts, chapels and churches, factories, schools, film studios, orphanages, tourist resorts, residences, technical institutes, earthquake and tsunami resistant houses, leprosy homes, a Literacy Village, hostels, slum dwellings improvement, an ornithology centre, government buildings, a blind childrens international school and a museum. In Kerala alone, he has built over 2000 buildings. He has also done pioneering work into earthquake and tsunami proof housing.
Laurie Baker was also an accomplished cartoonist, artist and innovative designer. He has been at various times of his life an anesthetist, a nurse, a missionary and an architect. He served in the Second World War in the Friends Ambulance Unit and lived for four years in isolation in remote China taking care of lepers. After a meeting with Gandhiji he was convinced to come to India, initially as the chief architect of the Mission to Lepers building leper homes throughout India. He has since lived in Pithoragarh in the foothills of the Himalayas building hospitals and schools and in the tribal areas of Vagamon in Kerala before finally settling down in the city of Trivandrum.
This website is dedicated to the life and work of this truly multi-faceted yet unassuming man.