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Copper House II

Copper House II

Part of

People

  • Bijoy Jain (architect)
  • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)
  • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

Title

Copper House II

Dates of creation

2009-2014

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 233 drawings (191 digital reproductions, 42 reprographic copies)
  • 12 photographs
  • 4 models
  • 2 video recordings

Scope and Content

File documents an executed project for a private house in Chondi, Maharashtra, India. Copper House II is the second residence of a couple from Mumbai, who visit the house for a few days each week. It is located in a dense grove of mango trees near a brook that floods each year during the monsoon. To protect the inhabitants from the encroaching landscape, the house is set on an artificial high ground made of dirt dug for a well from the site itself. The open-air courtyard at the centre of the plan is paved in black basalt stones that also allow rainwater to drain below the house.

On the ground floor, large horizontal windows are sheathed in slatted ironwood and copper mesh, providing a form of camouflage for the house while still permitting views out from the living spaces. The two boxy spaces upstairs are private: one contains a master bedroom and study, the second a smaller bedroom. The thin copper sheets that cover the upper floor are waterproof and will develop a verdigris over time, further concealing the house within its setting.

File contains drawings, photographs, models, and a video recording.

Reference Number

AP182.S1.2009.D1

Language of material

The reproduced notebooks (ARCH276525) are chiefly in Hindi.

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: ARCH273724
    • Title: Copper House II : study models made at various stages of design development
    • Dates of creation: December 2010
    • Form: models
    • Catalogued items within this file 4

    People:

    • Bijoy Jain (architect)
    • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)
    • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4 models

    Dimensions:

    model (largest, approx.): 4,5 × 10,5 × 16 cm (1 3/4 × 4 1/8 × 6 5/16 in.) model (smallest, approx.): 3 × 7,5 × 13 cm (1 3/16 × 2 15/16 × 5 1/8 in.) case: 30,5 × 22,1 × 22,5 cm

    Credit line:

    Bijoy Jain fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Bijoy Jain/
    Gift of Bijoy Jain

    Copyright:

    Model © Bijoy Jain / Photo © CCA

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275944
    • Title: Copper House II digital photographs
    • Dates of creation: August 2012-August 2014
    • Form: photographs, born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 12

    People:

    • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 12 digital files (260 MB)

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • houses

    Credit line:

    Bijoy Jain fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Bijoy Jain/
    Gift of Bijoy Jain

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    • Reference Number: ARCH276525
    • Title: Carpenter sketches of Copper House II
    • Dates of creation: November 2009-April 2011
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

    Description:

    Selected scans from five notebooks containing detail drawings and calculations. File types: .jpg, .pdf

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 187 digital files (124 MB)

    Credit line:

    Bijoy Jain fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Bijoy Jain/
    Gift of Bijoy Jain

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    • Reference Number: ARCH278270
    • Title: Carpenter sketches, Copper House II
    • Dates of creation: November 2009-April 2011
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 28

    People:

    • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

    Description:

    Reproductions of digital scans from notebooks containing detail drawings and calculations (ARCH276525). The drawings
    were printed by the CCA for the exhibition Rooms You May Have Missed, held at the CCA November 4, 2014-April 19, 2015.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 42 reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 25 × 17.4 cm (9 13/16 × 6 7/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Bijoy Jain fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Bijoy Jain/
    Gift of Bijoy Jain

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    • Reference Number: ARCH283184
    • Title: Video recording, Copper House II
    • Dates of creation: October 2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)
    • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file name: "Copper House II_low res.mp4".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 digital file (200 MB)

    Credit line:

    Bijoy Jain fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Bijoy Jain/
    Gift of Bijoy Jain

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    • Reference Number: ARCH278307
    • Title: Copper House II : notebook of carpenter sketches and calculations
    • Dates of creation: November 2009-January 2010
    • Form: books

    People:

    • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)
    • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)

    Description:

    Notebook reproduced from digital scans (ARCH276525). Reproduction created by the CCA for the exhibition
    Rooms You May Have Missed, held at the CCA November 4, 2014-April 19, 2015.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 volume(s)

    Dimensions:

    book: 25 × 20.8 cm (9 13/16 × 8 3/16 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - [148] leaves, spiral bound.

    Credit line:

    Bijoy Jain fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Bijoy Jain/
    Gift of Bijoy Jain

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    • Reference Number: ARCH278518
    • Title: Copper House II : short video of interior courtyard during rainshower
    • Dates of creation: October 2014
    • Form: born digital

    People:

    • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)
    • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file name: "MVI_0484.MOV".

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 video recording(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 digital file (51 MB)

    Physical Description:

    9 sec. : col.

    Subject Descriptive Terms:

    • courtyards
    • houses

    Credit line:

    Bijoy Jain fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Bijoy Jain/
    Gift of Bijoy Jain

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