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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Brick House in Mumbai,India by iSTUDIO architecture

 
November 22nd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: iSTUDIO architecture

The Brick House, situated amidst rural settlements in Wada, near Mumbai,India, is a 2500 sq.ft. farmhouse set within hills and farms. The impact of the architecture of the structure is strong, leading the viewer to a new observation, not allowing him to be complacent about the space which he occupies. The organic form emerges from the ground and flows into the skyline, following curved dips and peaks.

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, External view showing curved dips and peaks

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, External view showing curved dips and peaks

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Front view

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Front view

Each space flows into another along curved lines, leading into a seamless space held by the central courtyard. The observer begins his journey along the curved jali brick wall offering tantalizing glimpses of the interior, thus drawing him into dramatic compositions of light and shadows.

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Living room and courtyard seen from entrance

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Living room and courtyard seen from entrance

As one enters into the structure, one is greeted by the soft sunlight falling to the central body of water and the coolness within the structure. The interior space is dominated by the two huge arches of brick and stone, opening to vistas of farms and hills. The furniture seems to rise and fall from the walls or floor dramatically leading one’s eyes to play of materials against each other.

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Reflections... Main door against brick jali wall

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Reflections… Main door against brick jali wall

Zoning of activities responding to the climatic conditions and views was achieved with the use of levels leading to a single yet distinct living room, kitchen and dining. South-west position of first floor bedroom provides shade to courtyard and keeps water body cool.

The positions and sizes of the openings are dictated by climatology, ensuring natural light, cross ventilation and passive cooling.

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Shades and shadows

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Shades and shadows

Taking inspiration from architect Laurie Baker, we used techniques like rat-trap bonds brickwork, filler slabs, brick jalis, brick arches, built-in furniture and use of local material. These proved low cost and eco-friendly technologies, allowing this 2500 sq ft structure to be constructed in INR 20 lacs due to reduced requirement of steel, cement & bricks.

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Courtyard seen from living room

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Courtyard seen from living room

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Reflections

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Reflections

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Night view of court

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Night view of court

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Levels

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Levels

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Master bedroom

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Master bedroom

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Basin and mirror unit in concrete

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Basin and mirror unit in concrete

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Study room

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Study room

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Study room court

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Study room court

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Grills

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Grills

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Twisted roof curves

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Twisted roof curves

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Open bedroom on upper level

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Open bedroom on upper level

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Open bedroom on upper level

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Open bedroom on upper level

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Mirror mosaics and built-in bath tub

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Mirror mosaics and built-in bath tub

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Ground floor plan

Image Courtesy © iSTUDIO architecture, Ground floor plan

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