The architects from the office called “Wallmakers” used a wavy brick wall inside and as an air-permeable outside wall for their building project in India. Described by the team as the Pirouette House, the home is a tribute to the revered architect Lawrence Wilfred Baker. It shows a contemporary rendering of his signature Rat Trap Bond technique known as masonry bond. A brick wall inside and outside was built vertically rather than horizontally in order to improve the heat and material efficiency of the sustainable house.
Construction concept defined by a wavy brick wall inside
The beauty of the residence is based primarily on purely geometric shapes, a shell roof and carefully designed, angled walls. In a typical way, the architects have raised the scaffolding to construct the stairs and metal grids, while leftover wooden planks are part of the floor. A unique composition of sugar cane wrapped around it creates a subtle privacy screen and remarkable furniture. Scroll down to find out more.
The sculptural Pirouette House is located in the center of India’s urban and crowded city of Trivandrum. The house, built of wavy masonry, is located on a small plot of land that was surrounded on all four sides by other residential projects. With the construction project, the design team was looking for an inward-facing apartment with equally inward-facing interiors that overlook a central courtyard. The house is oriented along an east-west axis with through openings at each end to allow maximum cross ventilation.
20th century British designer and architect Laurie Baker is known to use similar passive cooling strategies and a palette of perforated brick materials. The new building is conceived as a modification of his idea, which is an icon in this area. The team also used a masonry strategy introduced by the late architect. A brick wall is laid inside with a rotated vertical orientation. This creates a cavity within the wall that increases thermal efficiency and uses the total volume of reduced bricks.
Unusually sustainable and practical construction
The dynamic elements cross the room from left to right and meet to support the ferro-cement roof. In addition, each offset brick wall was individually designed on the inside so that it can subdivide the interior of the house as efficiently as possible. This leads to larger volumes and an element of privacy. Pipes left over from the construction phase were repurposed for the central staircase and latticework.
The wooden boards were also put together to form part of the floor in the living areas. So it could Team of architects create a sustainable construction method with practical outdoor and indoor spaces, which at the same time enable a functional and cozy home.