An Oasis of Bricks in the urban fabric of Bangalore

CollectiveProject designed a single-family house in Whitefield, Bangalore, characterized by fluid and interconnected spaces generated by the imperfection of handmade bricks and the way they are laid.

CollectiveProject, Brick House, Whitefield, Bangalore, India, 2018

Whitefield maintained its characteristic of a charming settlement surrounded by farmland on the eastern outskirts of the city of Bangalore until the late 1990s, when the local computer boom turned it into an important technological suburb of the city.
The new 427 sqm residence, designed by the architectural indian firm CollectiveProject, is built on the site of an existing small brick house and surrounded by a large garden, becomes a refuge for a young family of five in the dense, unplanned urban fabric of Whitefield.

The project develops around a small triangular patio, which both recalls the original foundations and the history of the place and becomes a regulatory element of the spaces of the house.
Large openings connect this green heart, inhabited by water and plants, with the living rooms on the ground floor.

CollectiveProject, Brick House, Whitefield, Bangalore, India, 2018
The patio. CollectiveProject, Brick House, Whitefield, India, 2018

The distribution of the rooms on the two levels and the rhythmic succession of spaces defined by the use of brick generate a spatial complexity similar to that of a small village; filter areas between the interior and the garden are combined with loggias, terraces, double heights, winding paths serving the interior of the rooms and openings that define a complex interweaving of visual axes and perspectives.

CollectiveProject, Brick House, Whitefield, Bangalore, India, 2018
House interior. CollectiveProject, Brick House, Whitefield, India, 2018

By using handmade bricks, this project celebrates the imperfection of the material and the way it is laid. Solid and perforated brick walls follow one another, creating a narrative of porous jaali screens and tensions of light and shadow in the domestic space.

Brick House
single family house
Whitefield, Bangalore, India
Design Team:
Cyrus Patell, Eliza Higgins, Prakash Uthappa, Akash Moish, Nandan Kelotra
House area:
427 sqm
Site area:
930 sqm

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