In 2005, there was a severe flooding in Mumbai and its hinterland. A pump house was flooded, which left a clear mark. In order to be able to build on the land, the architectural firm Studio Mumbai decided to install a pile foundation with a slab two foot above the watermark, thus creating the beautiful Copperhouse II. Copperhouse II consists of three primary architectural volumes. Two different blocks, varying in width and length, create an upper floor. They are separated by a stone paved courtyard on the ground floor but connected by the copper roof on the top floor. The two blocks serve as personal spaces such as a bedroom, a bathroom and an office. They are clad in copper and guarantee a feeling of intimacy and isolation. Something so essential for a homely interior.
The Copperhouse II sliding and folding windows allow a certain degree of privacy.
The ground floor is a covered living space that is not as enclosed as the two blocks, but just very open and spacious. It is the deck of the house and offers a wide view of the landscape and the cozy courtyard. At the same time, it has several vistas that let in a lot of light. Each of them is geared to the direction in which the light enters by means of screening devices made of fine gauze in traditionally worked wood, ribbed glass that disperses the light and greenery. The Copperhouse II sliding and folding windows allow a certain degree of privacy. Studio Mumbai finished the walls with a traditional celadon-coloured plasterwork. It shows cracks like the old Chinese glaze, making it appear to create a fragmented ceramic vessel that is encased in a copper mantle. In addition, it was important for the architects to incorporate the element of water into the whole so that the history is not lost. Not only was a well-constructed in the garden to absorb the monsoon rain, but the swimming pool in the garden and the stream that runs alongside the house were all integrated into the whole. The last important part of the house that had to be accommodated was the massive rock that the owner once received from his mother. It is now beautifully displayed in the courtyard to let time take over, which it will do anyway.