Brick screen house is a renovation project designed in such a way that it’s a synthesis of contextual parameters and user functional requirements. The project promises a better environment of living for the client from the old congested and messy house, which also architecturally enhances the climatic and contextual potential of the location. The main design intent was to blur the boundaries between the built and the natural elements.
This is a south facing corner plot in a tropical location experiencing long monsoons and hot summers. The project plot has an entry road and large open plots in front, existing houses in the northern and eastern side, and a side road in the west. The concept is seamlessly blend with context in a way that it’s a play of multi directional air movement in the house
Brick screen house is a renovation project; the main challenge was making a seamless connection between nature and the built form. Presence of local winds in the south side was considered as the main contextual potential, the main design intent was to make use of the local wind from the south side and also protect the building from the southern harsh sun. These factors formulate the concept of perforated screen in the front façade which effortlessly directs the wind and also protects the building from the harsh southern sun.
This brick screen maintains a comfortable internal temperature all the time. The screening is even more efficient by providing green patches in the sunshade in between the building and façade, extended sunshade space also acts as a buffer for protecting heating up walls thus performing as double skin for the building.
The material palette is kept very minimal and sensible. The selection of natural paving, flooring materials, plants and landscape elements were carefully done and applied very sensibly in the project which blends with total design and context.
Brick was the one of the significant materials used in the design; the facade screen is designed in such a way that each brick is kept in a zig-zag manner both in horizontal and vertical directions. This arrangement creates small diagonal openings, when air passes through these small openings the air becomes even cooler and maintains a comfortable temperature in the building. The thoughtful selection and strategically applied natural materials for the façade protects the main walls from heating up and allows air movement simultaneously.
Other Major materials used are exposed concrete for the slabs, Laterite stone for walls, Rubble masonry for the foundations, locally available wood for doors and other furniture, Aluminium for windows and plywood for the customized furniture etc.
Most of the materials used are kept in its raw form for maintaining common rustic character throughout the spaces.
Architects: HONEYCOMB architects
Design Team: Ar.Divin.P, Er.Ahammed Faiz
Interior Design: HONEYCOMB architects
Landscape Architects: HONEYCOMB architects
Structural Consultant: Er. Chitra.E.V
Civil Contractor: Mr. Shihabudheen.T - N C Associates
Landscape contractor: Mr. Anil kumar
Photographer: Althaf A.R.
Flooring: Mr. Sujheesh - S M Flooring
Painting: Mr. Jaleel - Crayon paints
Steel fabrication & Glass Installation: Mr. Nishad. K - K V Fabricators
Soft furnishing: Mr. Azeez - Turkish Style @ home
Interior Carpenter: Mr. Subrahmannian.M.P - Relevant Interior
Facade cladding: Clay bricks
Flooring: Vitrified Tiles, Kajaria 12655 Glossy, Kajaria 12652 Matt
Doors: Teak Wood
Windows: Aluminium Windows, HOSTEN Aluminium Systems,25x60 mm series,
2T.2S Sliding Window, SL 30 series, 2T.2S Sliding window Flush Lock, M Point Key
Interior lighting: CHANGI CH 9324 SQ 7W 4K WITE BLK REF, THEON VOLVO 215
6W 2WAY, CAWIN WALL LIGHT CLOF 016 10W WW, STURLITE 10W WW ASTER
BULKHEAD, ALT 0941 1X2W U&D W/LIGHT, CHANGI CH 8598 4K 12W D/L BOSCA,
CHANGI CH 9324 RND 7W 4K WHITE, CHANGI CH 8598 4K 7W D/L BOSCA
Interior furniture: Century Plywoods (Plywood 710 BWP),Greenlam Laminates,
Royal Touch Laminates, Merino Laminates (Silver Grey UNI MR+, Silver Grey 270
HDG, Cement finish laminates OR-1521, GL 245 SD1.00MM, MERINO 1mm 22079 SF)
Paints: Asian Paints (Colours used:Shadow Dance 8303-APN 1503-0152 M, White
Delight 8436-AP N 0853-0509 M,Crusade-N 0684 AP Y 0914-0714 M)
Jaquar sanitary and CP fittings: Jaquar/39953BIUFSM/Aria EWC wall hung,
Jaquar/39901/Aria table top Wash basin, Jaquar/25909/JDR Amazon table top wash
basin, Jaquar/1629/showers 250 MAZE SQR overhead shower, Jaquar/35079 NKPM
MIXER Tap, Jaquar/87429/Arc bath tub Spout
Kitchen Accessories: Hettich Dish Drainer 900MM(GT,PT7DT), Hettich 4532 Silent
500MM 35KG, Hettich Gola profile L SS,Hettich Gola Profile C SS, Hettich Gola End
Cap L SA &CP,Hettich 4x16 CSK 410 SS, Hettich 4x20 CSK 410 SS
Cement: Ultra Tech cement-PPC 153 Grade