Curvaceous Brick House uses passive cooling and local materials in India

Categories: Heating / Cooling

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.


The Brick House was inspired by the works and philosophies of architect Laurie Baker and Nari Gandhi.

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.

Its 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.

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