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Walls thrown for a curve in Bengaluru residence

Bengaluru-based architecture and design firm Wright Inspires has designed the Shaymala Jaishimha residential project. The 240 sq m site is set in a tranquil neighbourhood and is a blend of materials, craft and technology. The exteriors walls have been constructed with local clay bricks in a concave manner. Resembling an earthen pot, this acts an aesthetic element as well as reflects the heat from the sun.

With its shorter edge facing the road along the northeast and encircled by plotted development, the residence welcomes one with the warmth of the sun bouncing off its meandering country-brick walls. These walls have been moulded along the quarry-cut stone slabs that constitute the entrance and prayer room. On the other hand, the flooring has been constructed out of natural stone such as Chappadi, Jaisalmer and Kota.

The foyer leads on to the living area on one side and the dining, area, kitchen and master bedroom on the other. An open staircase in wood and metal twirls its way around the prayer room, overlooking a private courtyard to the west. It is made of an assortment of wood such as teak, acacia and rubber strengthened with metal and wood railings. The staircase leads to a common leisure space and two bedrooms and ends at a clay-tiled terrace lined with planter boxes. The roof is made of clay blocks used as filler material, reducing the deadweight while maintaining the temperature in the indoors.

The project involves a great deal of solar architecture and vernacular architecture. For example, a skylight illuminates the core along the east-west axis while the vertical fins along brick walls double up as structural members and shading devices for windows. Thus, the use of natural construction materials and openings regulate the temperature of the residence minimizing mechanical cooling.