70 Feet Long Curved Ferro-Cement Roof Covers the Top of This Weekend Home in Pune | Red Brick Studio | The Cove House

70 Feet Long Arched Ferro-Cement Roof Covers the Top of This Weekend Home in Pune | Red Brick Studio | The Cove House

This weekend home, designed by Pune-based Red Brick Studio, is a perfect retreat for a client who wanted to escape from the chaos of the cities' life and enjoy holidays amidst the lap of nature in the hilly terrain overlooking the backwaters of Panshet Dam near Pune. The most innovative feature of 'The Cove House' is its single 70 feet long curved roof that is supported at both ends along the length of the house by a pair of V columns. The Ferro-cement roof is constructed in a structural thickness of 50mm only, making it a very cost-effective and sustainable alternative to the conventional RCC technology. The reason architecture studio believes the project is unique is that "it primarily breaks the notion of how a house is typically expected to be. It attempts to be more of a non-building, much in contrast to the conventional ways of looking at architecture." The firm has shared more information about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Take a look:

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The Cove House is a weekend home nestled in a site swaddled by the mountains of the Western Ghats. Red Brick Studio was approached by the client who wanted to build a space that would allow him a get-away from the hustle of the city life and provide him an opportunity to soak in the picturesque views of the backwaters of the Panshet Dam the site overlooked.

the-cove-house-red-brick-studio-surfaces-reporterFaced with a limitation of a tight constructible area, he also wished to have open spaces which could be integrated with the house to be able to host a larger gathering of friends and family.

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"The project aims to respond to the rich site and surrounds it is nestled within, with a lot of sensitivity. It allows for the client to take advantage of the location but at no point does it interfere with the larger environmental fabric around it. the-cove-house-red-brick-studio-surfaces-reporterLocal and natural materials are used in a way to ensure that the aging on the house is beautiful and helps it blend in," said the design team.

Perfectly Blends With Its Natural Landscape

Upon seeing the site and its surroundings, the studio’s first response was to create a built-form that would try and blend in rather than stand out.the-cove-house-red-brick-studio-surfaces-reporter Rather than typically using the flat part for construction, the studio proposed to set the house beyond this zone and use the natural topography of the site to tuck away the majority of the house from the view at the entrance.

A Large Inverted Roof 

Much of the house is thus embedded into the ground covered by a single mono-roof with an inverted curved profile spanning across the length of the house. This roof is separated from the built mass by a continuous clearstory window on all sides.


Placed strategically at the level at which one enters the site, the clearstory allows the viewer to look through the house and catch glimpses of the valley across it.

the-cove-house-red-brick-studio-surfaces-reporterThe roof is constructed out of Ferro- cement technology, enabling it to be constructed in the thickness of 50mm only. The inverted shape allows it to harvest the rainwater which is further channeled and stored in a series of water bodies, allowing water to be available for irrigation in the drier months.


Airy, Spacious and Open-Concept Living Room

 The entry to the house is discreet and is accessed through a series of steps in a courtyard build in a natural setting with vegetation and boulders found on the site itself. the-cove-house-red-brick-studio-surfaces-reporterIt leads to the heart of the house which is the open and spacious living area, flanked by bedrooms and a kitchen on its sides.

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Bespoke Entrance Door

The solution to the client’s requirement of a spillover space was achieved by the custom-designed entrance door.

the-cove-house-red-brick-studio-surfaces-reporter (1)These were built in folded metal sheets, so as to cover the entire length of the living room (30’ or 10m) and when slid open, the panels disappear in the cavity walls; seamlessly blending the inside and outside of the house.

On the other side, the living room is flanked by a large deck which allows one to soak in the views of the backwaters and the valley around.

Pigmented Plaster Exterior

Externally, the entire house is finished in grit-finished plaster, with a deep red pigment that allows the house to match the tonality of the natural terrain of the region. the-cove-house-red-brick-studio-surfaces-reporterThe coarse finish also allows for very good weather resistance to the extreme seasons of rain and summer in the region. Internally, all walls are finished in a combination of white and colored polished oxide.

Project Details

Project Name: The Cove House
Architecture Firm: Red Brick Studio
Location: Pune
Lead Architects: Anil Poduval and Ankur Kothari
Completion Year: 2021

About the Firm

Established in 2010, Red Brick Studio is a multi-disciplinary design firm led by co-founding partners Anil Poduval and Ankur Kothari. The design firm is engaged in the creation of contextually appropriate solutions within the ever changing environment around us. The creative and enthusiastic team at Red Brick Studio works closely with consultants, engineers and craftsmen with design as primary focus.

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