India-based iSTUDIO Architecture firm has been credited with the construction of a stunning residence just outside Mumbai. The organic design, of the aptly-named Brick House, is juxtaposed with its incredible modernist features. Located amidst the rural settlements in Wada, the gently sloping and curving brick structure beautifully mimics the topography of the surrounding hills and farms.
The 2500-sq-ft farmhouse is designed such that it provides spectacular view of the pristine landscape. The smoothly curving exterior seamlessly leads to a centrally-situated courtyard. The bare jali brick walls produce a subtle play of light and shadows, while at the same time offering beguiling glimpses of the interiors. The low-rise building sits harmoniously against the natural rustic background.
At the centre of the Brick House is a tiny water body, whose strategic location adds complexity to the structure. Sunlight trickles in through the open rooftop and gets reflected all around the house by the puddle of water. Additionally, it cools the inside of the building. Two giant arches, made of bricks and stones, open onto the neighboring hills and farms.
The Brick House boasts of incredibly modern interiors, with built-in furniture that seem to dramatically emerge out of walls and floors. Watch out for the enormous master bedroom with a low bed jutting out of the wall. The first floor bedroom, situated at the south-west end of the farmhouse, acts as a shade to the courtyard, thus keeping the indoors cool. The huge windows, lining the building on all sides, make sufficient provision for natural lighting, cross ventilation and also passive cooling.
Inspired by architect Laurie Baker, the team constructed the house predominantly out of locally-sourced bricks, using a variety of eco-friendly and cost effective techniques such as rat-trap bond brickwork, brick jalis, filler slabs, brick arches and so on. And all of this, at a surprisingly low price of INR 20 lacs.
Source: iStudio Architecture