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Brick cladding for Bengaluru home

Photography:   Shamanth Patil

Bengaluru-based Haarsha Architects has designed the Brick Veil, a 4BHK residential project spanning 7000 sq. ft. The client wanted two living rooms, four car parking areas, a home theatre with a spillover space and a terrace bar in the south-facing G+3 structure. Set in a serene neighbourhood on a quadrilateral plot of land, the home is simple in form and palette. It displays brick cladding and liquid stone to blend in with the surroundings. Its warm appeal complements the moderately-cool climate of the high-altitude city.

Vertical surfaces with an unpolished finish add organic charm to the structure, and its three-dimensional element is emphasized in spill-out balconies and landscaping on the upper floors. Planters complement the terracotta cladding, resembling a vertical garden. Portions of the façade use brick jaalis to facilitate privacy and redirect natural light into the double-height communal spaces.

One enters the property through the stilt floor layout that accommodates a spacious parking area for four cars, a home office and a home theatre. Habitable spaces are on the higher floor levels accessed by an elongated pedestrian staircase offsetting the building leading towards the entrance threshold from the street level. Interiors comprise whitewashed walls and soft beige marble floors, along with decorative wallpapers and fluted wall panelling.

The ground floor houses the home’s double-height communal spaces such as the living and dining area, kitchen and a guest bedroom and bathroom. The first and second floors have more private spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms in the south and north-facing pockets of the layout, along with a centrally-located informal family area. An alfresco terrace on the second floor allows for entertaining with a cast-in-situ and bar space. Statement lighting, mid-century modern furniture and monochromatic palettes are used in rattan, suede tufted beds, timber ceilings and hardwood flooring.