Copper House II
Part of:
  • Bijoy Jain (architect)
  • Studio Mumbai (architectural firm)
  • Bijoy Jain (archive creator)

Copper House II



Level of archival description:
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:


Materials in this project series were likely not arranged when they were first processed.
Language of material:
  • The reproduced notebooks (ARCH276525) are chiefly in Hindi.

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