Beauty of Earth Brick and Exposed Concrete at Jungalow 2 | Neogenesis+Studi0261 Architects

Beauty of Earth Brick and Exposed Concrete at Jungalow 2 | Neogenesis+Studi0261 Architects

Standing among the open fields in the outskirts of Surat, the project ‘Jungalow 2’ by Neogenesis+Studi0261, is an outcome of the designer’s sensitivity towards nature and sustainability. The designer’s earlier project, ‘Jungalow’ has a generous amount of plantation incorporated throughout the built, lending it a verdant feel despite the project’s urban setting. Their same instinct to connect spaces more closely to nature is what made ‘Jungalow 2’. The firm shares more details about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

Multifaceted Residence for an Agriculturist Family

This extrovert abode belongs to an agriculturist family. They came up with a concise brief that their new home should have three separate units completely self-contained functioning distinctly, yet seamlessly allied, where the well-knit extended family would be happily co-habiting.The built comfortably sits on the west while opening up the remaining plot to become a common space forming contiguity with the entrance otta. The residence is conceived as a singular unit of three adjunct homes with staggered massing and the diverse otta. Each otta, integrated differently, is what offers identity and individuality to apiece. 

The layout prioritizes open spaces with fewer separations and encourages communication. The four-bedroom abode is well connected to greens and terraces. The bedroom on the upper most level sets a stage to gaze at the open farmlands. A free-suspended RCC wall hanging from the slab above acts as a divider at the entry while the concave portion serves as a pooja area.

A Thoughtfully Curated Material Palette

The material palate is carefully curated to exhibit the physicality and textures in their honest form to keep the overall look earthy and to pair up with the naturality of flora. 

The house is clothed with materials viz. earth-bricks, exposed RCC, mandana stone, reclaimed wood, metal and glass. Mandana limestone is used as a flooring material (owing to its palpable benefits over sandstone) to minimize glare keeping in mind the climate of Surat. Earth-brick, made of compressed soil mixed with Mandana stone dust, was sun-dried to minimize the carbon footprint. 

Interior Design Infused with Local Artistry and Nature

The interiors maintain a timeless quality with earth-brick, exposed RCC slabs, lime-plastered walls, finished ply, and reclaimed wood. A keen eye was provided to the detailing of elements to revive the local artistry and fading techniques.

The sensation of being enveloped by greenery is enhanced by the courtyard, skylights, and expansive openings. Pivot windows and Mandana louvers minimize barriers, visually extending the connection into the lush surroundings.

Shaded porches, breezy courtyards & green terraces cater to a comfortable ambience with great habitation potential. The skylights elegantly render the exposed-brick and RCC walls with a golden radiance of the transitioning sun movement. Furniture and light fixtures are custom-detailed to complement the space. Only the obligatory furniture pieces are crafted to make home appear spacious without devaluing comfort. Landscape is designed keeping in mind the earthy materials for which, xerophytic and related species such as rubram grass, rhoeo and terminalia are favoured.  

The image of the home is traditional yet contemporary, big yet grounded, three yet one, thus, finetunes the architecture to achieve an innate presence in the lush backdrop.

Project Details

Project Name:  JUNGALOW 2
Firm Location: Surat
Completion Year: 2022
Site Area (m2/ ft2): 2770 m2
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 535 m2
Project Location: Bhimrad, Surat, Gujarat
Program / Use / Building Function: Residential 
Structural engineer: Arcon Consultants
Contractor: Nitalbhai Shah
HVAC Consultant: Sagar Refrigeration

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