Bengaluru couple Srini and Sushma had a clear vision of what they wanted their new house to be — material rawness, sustainability, and a spacious abode.
In 2016, they approached the architectural firm Greyscale Design Studio to translate their vision into reality and got their two-storey home completed in 2018.
The visually stunning house has brick as its primary material. Others include mud plaster, Burma teak wood, cement oxide flooring, terracotta blocks, and Kota stone.
The standout element of the green abode is the brick trellis facade, created by placing bricks diagonally. The facade reduces the construction cost and carbon footprint.
All floors and corners, as well as the teakwood swing in the living room, have a stunning view of the courtyard that houses indoor plants.
“My favourite thing about the house is the kitchen garden. It lets us pluck some mint, garlic, and ginger from our garden faster than any app’s 10-minute delivery,” says Srini.
The architects have used multiple passive cooling methods such as the ‘stack effect’, which further allows natural light to penetrate deeper inside through the courtyard.
They have used the masonry technique of Rat Trap throughout the house. It allows a vacuum layer within the masonry and keeps the building thermally insulated.
They also installed a 10,000 litre tank and water recharge pits to store and harvest rainwater. It is used for landscape, outdoor cleaning, and car washing purposes.
Additionally, the house has eight solar panels of 1×1.6m that produce 2 kilowatts of power to run the entire house.
Even in an urban landscape, the Brickly Affair has managed to capture a rustic, earthy and modern style, thanks to innovative architectural interventions.