Mumbai-based iStudio Architecture completed Brick House, a curvaceous and organic structure that looks like the picture-perfect yoga retreat. Located in rural Wada near Mumbai, India, the 2,500-square-foot house was constructed from locally sourced materials like brick, stone, wood, bamboo, and ferro-concrete to keep costs low and give the space an earthy feel. The home was also designed with rat-trap bond brickwork, passive technologies, and large arched openings that take in generous amounts of natural light and views of the surrounding countryside.
Inspired by the works and philosophies of architect Laurie Baker and Nari Gandhi, the Brick House’s curvaceous form takes on the form of a plant that organically emerges from the ground and opens up to the sky. Multiple openings in the brick-and-stone walls and ceilings allow for cross-ventilation that keeps the interior cool despite the region’s hot and humid temperatures. The use of exposed natural materials and abundant natural light blur the line between indoor and outdoor space.
The interior is organized around a central courtyard with a cooling water feature and tree planting. The open-plan space is surrounded by a living room and kitchen with a raised platform painted teal to create the illusion of an extended water pool. A staircase leads up from the central space to an upstairs study and bedroom. The master bedroom is located behind the staircase through a large wooden door decorated with a tree detail.