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  • This Modern Brick House Restricts The Design To A Set Budget | Jacob +Rathodi Architects

    The initial goal of this modern brick house was to restrict the design to a set budget and maximise the use of the plot boundaries. Located in a dense residential neighbourhood of Gadag, this detached corner brick house sits on a plot of 50×40 feet. Roads flank on the east and north. Despite the small plot size, these converging roads provide an open foreground, allowing ample natural light to enter the building. Large openings are on the east façade to take advantage of this openness. The owners, a retired couple, had only two main suggestions.

    This Modern Brick House Restricts The Design To A Set Budget | Jacob + Rathodi Architects

    Modern brick house

    The house stands out from its surroundings due to its contrasting hue and form. While the building is a solid form from the outside, the interior contradicts this perception, revealing that the outer form is merely a shell encompassing a large volume within.

    Modern brick house

    Modern brick house

    Interior Design

    The interior feels more voluminous compared to its footprint. The design of the house have two main aspects: spatial volume and the choice of building materials.

    Volume, being the central axis, is curated by a large triple-height void that also connects all levels of the dwelling. The sleeping spaces are the only enclosed rooms, while the rest are fluid spaces that blend into the void at various levels.

    Modern brick house

    This void is further subdivided by bridges that span the two upper floors, transforming the volume into transparent, visually connected spaces nested within a concrete shell.

    Modern brick house

    Dining Area

    Moreover, a residual garden court at the side anchors the dining space, forming the base of this high volume. The dining space also serves as a vantage point from any level of the house.

    The other design consideration was the conscious choice of materials, specifically exposed brick and mild steel. However, the colour palette for the house was primarily derived from the natural hues of these materials, including bricks, steel, wood, and granite.

    Exposed Brick

    Both the interior and exterior are dressed in exposed bricks arranged in various patterns to create natural texture and colour. A steel plate trellis that rises from ground level envelops the double-height garden court and extends to the skylight in the roof.

    Modern brick house

    Designed as a security feature, this trellis also serves as an architectural element, integrating the garden with the interior while addressing security concerns. The screen wall at the staircase is composed of bricks framed by mild steel I-sections, forming a key feature of the triple-height void.

    Modern brick house

    Steel is also used for railings, car porch roof trellis, window framing, roof edging, and built-in cabinetry, contributing to a minimalist aesthetic. These materials are exposed in their true form to create an intentional character in the building.

    Natural Ventilation

    Skylights, large windows, and wall openings with glass blocks allow natural light to penetrate deep into the interior spaces, merging the dwelling into a burst of light, shadow, and brightness.

    Fact File

    Designed by: Jacob + Rathodi Architects

    Project Type: Residential Architecture Design

    Project Name: Corner Brick House

    Location: Gadag, Karnataka

    Year Built: 2019

    Duration of the project: 18 Months

    Plot Area: 2000 Sq.ft

    Built-up Area: 3100 Sq.ft

    Principal Architects: Ar. Girish Rathodi & Ar. Vineetha Sara Jacob

    Photograph Courtesy: Sudheer Hegde

    Civil: Rabani Nagral

    Products / Materials / Vendors: Wallcovering / Cladding – Exposed Brick / Lighting – Hybec / Sanitaryware – American Standards / Windows – My Windows / Paint –Asianpaints

    Firm’s Instagram Link: Jacob + Rathodi Architects

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