architecture double curves brick house
situated amid settlements near mumbai, india, ‘brick house’ is a rural dwelling completed by i.STUDIO architecture. the farmhouse offers a myriad of contrasting views and spatial relationships, with each volume flowing rhythmically into the next – following the curved lines and forms which define the project. the truly individual structure emerges organically from the ground and flows upwards towards sky, mirroring the dips and peaks of its surrounding terrain. the use of traditional building techniques, and the reduced requirement alternative materials, allowed the scheme to be constructed at a relatively low cost.
a curved latticed jali wall offers glimpses of internal spaces
approacing the scheme, the curved latticed jali wall offers glimpses of internal spaces, creating various compositions of light and shadow and drawing attention inside the structure. emphasizing the visual resonance of both materials, stone walls are contrasted by exposed brickwork lending the project an earthy and rustic feel. Green Architecture
the dwelling’s living room is situated around an internal courtyard
upon entering, soft sunlight descends and reflects off a central pool of water, bringing a sense of nature inside the farmhouse. centered around an internal courtyard, the large volume is dominated by two huge arches of brick and stone, opening to vistas of neighboring farmland and hillsides. the home’s program responds directly to the region’s climatic conditions and the views offered by specific areas of the design, with the kitchen becoming the hub of the household. a staircase leads to bedroom and study areas located on the first floor.
soft sunlight descends and reflects off a central pool of water, bringing a sense of nature inside the home
while the initial batch of bricks was ordered from the neighboring state of gujarat, a local kiln was subsequently discovered which also provided well-finished products. strategic use of jalis allows for cross ventilation without the requirement of windows or glass shutters. inspired by architect laurie baker, techniques like rat-trap bonds for brickwork were employed, reducing the amount of material needed and providing natural insulation.
the courtyard opens to vistas of neighboring farmland and hillsides
the shallow reflects and emphasizes the scheme’s organic forms
the courtyard at night
the farmhouse’s master bedroom
the curved walls are continued within the guest bedroom
a stone stairway leads to an additional bedroom at first floor level
the project offers views across the indian landscape
the home’s bathroom
ref : http://www.designboom.com/architecture/i-studio-architecture-double-curves-brick-house-near-mumbai-01-08-2014/