Among several building materials that style the facades of homes, brick screens have a strong aesthetic value and are apt for Indian climatic conditions. Such a project is “The Brick Screen House” in Malappuram –Kerala envisioned and designed by Ar. Divin. P and Er. Ahammed Faiz of HONEYCOMB Architects. Sprawling 3476-square-foot, the house features a latticed brick facade that allows air and light to enter the home. With its outstanding exterior and equally amazing interiors, the project promises a better environment of living for the client from the old congested and messy spaces. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) gathered more information about the wonderful project from the design team. Take a look:
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A residential renovation project is envisioned as an outcome of enhancing the contextual potential and fulfilling the user requirements. The main design intent was to make a seamless connection between nature and the built form.
Project Context and Concept
The plot is located in a tropical area experiencing long monsoons and hot summers. The project plot has an entry road and large open plots in the south, existing houses on the northern and eastern sides, and a side road in the west. The main wind flow is identified from the open plots in front.
The airflow from the southern open plots in front formulates the concept of a perforated screen in the front façade. This effortlessly directs the wind and also protects the building from the harsh southern sun simultaneously.
Brick Screens To Maintain Inside Temperature
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 the heating up of walls thus performing as double skin for the building.
The facade screen is designed in such a way that each brick is kept in a zig-zag manner both 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 protect the main walls from heating up and allows air movement simultaneously.
Simple and Minimal Material Palette
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.
The layout promises the proper functional flow for the spaces, the sit-out in the front with customized furniture adds to the total aesthetics of the space. A living room with double height is sandwiched in-between the dining and sits out space; the double-height ensures the vertical visual connection and carries out the Stack effect perfectly. Light-colored furnishing in the living area goes along with the home interior and makes the room visually spacious.
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Dining area with a lush green internal courtyard also plays a significant role in making the space even cooler and cozy. The unconventional arrangement of the courtyard produces more dynamic spaces inside. The opening in the roof slab allows the sunlight and moonlight in the area to make the space a magnificent one.
Most of the furniture is designed and cast on-site. Colored laminates used for the table tops create an acceptable vibrancy inside. Two bedrooms on the ground floor have proper cross ventilation, Natural lighting and interiors that compliment the entire design character. These bedrooms follow the same color palette for almost all furniture.
Three Bedrooms and Family Living Area
The first floor with three bedrooms and family living has exposed concrete ceilings which follow the same rustic and sustainable character of the entire structure. The angled pattern for the handrails and Kota green shade in the flooring matches perfectly with the interiors. A simple contemporary bookshelf with indoor hanging plants adds more aesthetics to the TV wall in the family living
Each bedroom interior is done with customized cots, study tables, and side tables considering the user’s architectural interests. All the bedrooms have exposed concrete ceilings with minimal wooden reaper works on them.
The bedroom on the first floor positioned in the southwest corner has a brick backdrop with sensibly chosen photo frames. These elements were considered and kept raw in their form for making the space even more sustainable. The colored laminate ceiling becomes an interesting interior element that goes along with the total interior design character. The brick and cement grey color complement each other and make the space a better one.
The other two bedrooms on the first floor have their unique interior characteristics. The different color in the laminate defines the entire character of the rooms.
Architects: HONEYCOMB architects
Project Location: Chemmad, Malappuram –Kerala
Client: Mr. Faizal
Project Area: 3476 square feet.
Area of the Plot: 418 square meters
Type of Project: Residential
Year of completion: 2022
Design Team: Ar. Divin. P, Er. Ahammed Faiz
Photographs: Althaf. A. R
Manufacturers: Hettich, Asian Paints, Jaquar Sanitary and CP fittings, Saint Gobain Glass, Century plywoods, Greenlam laminates, Royal Touch Laminates, Marino Laminates, Ultra Tech Cement, Kairali TMT steels, etc
Interior Design: HONEYCOMB architects
Landscape Architects: HONEYCOMB architects
Structural Consultant: Er. Chitra. E.V
Civil Contractor: Mr. Shihabudheen.T, N C Associates
Flooring: Mr. Sujheesh- S M Flooring
Painting: Mr. Jaleel-Crayon paints
Landscape: Mr. Anil Kumar
Glass Supplier and Installation: Mr. Nishad. K, K V Fabricators
Steel fabrication: Mr. Nishad. K, K V Fabricators
Soft furnishing: Mr. Azeez –Turkish Style @ home
Interior Carpenter: Mr. Subrahmannian. M.P - Relevant Interior
Architect Divin, HONEYCOMB architects
Er Ahammed Faiz, HONEYCOMB architects
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