Sam Barclay: The House to Collect Water


  • 1pm - 2pm

  • Adam House, Adam House Lecture Theatre
    3 Chambers Street
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1HT

Led by Sam Barclay, Case Design, Mumbai

A short distance from the sea on the southwest coast of Zanzibar, the house will be completely off-grid, receiving all of its energy needs from solar panels, wastewater treatment from natural reed beds, and water from the sky. Designed for a husband and wife team of permaculturists, the home will be built around an open-air courtyard that receives, filters, and stores all of the rainwater from the roof. Constructed from locally sourced limestone blocks, the walls will be erected with traditional lime mortar and plaster eliminating the need for industrially produced cement. Doors, windows, columns, and beams are reclaimed elements collected from salvaged buildings. Utilizing the tropical climate, public spaces are dispersed around the central courtyard and shaded by the lightweight insulated roof. Each private space has natural cross ventilation for passive cooling and leads to an en-suite bathing space with an open-to-sky courtyard. Intentionally simple in its design and materiality, the home is intended as a model for domestic building in sub-Saharan Africa.

We believe that objects and spaces deeply impact our relationship with the world around us and seek to create moments of quality inspired by observations from our daily lives. These experiences, both spatial and formal, are situationally grounded, considerate to human interaction and are inherently imbued with content and meaning. As a collection of people with diverse backgrounds, we believe that collaboration and empathy lie at the core of all good work. Regardless of method or medium, the greatest form of sustainability is to produce work of lasting value. In that spirit, we aspire to create things that are simple, beautiful and functional. Based in Mumbai, our practice is committed to exploring the design process through acts of making. Using drawings, physical models, and full-scale mock-ups in collaboration with makers, artists and technicians, we work to develop methods that enable us to respond to contextual conditions while remaining considerate to contemporary life and universal experience. Ongoing work includes a campus for young women in Pune, a small eco-resort and home in Zanzibar, our exhibition at the 2018 Venice Biennale and residential interiors in India. As a natural extension of our architecture practice and with a strong focus on material and detail, we also create furniture, objects and lights in our workshop in Mumbai under the name Casegoods. Founded in 2013 by Samuel Barclay, our team includes architects, designers and makers from India and abroad. Samuel earned his bachelor degrees in architecture and civil engineering from Lehigh University, and went on to obtain a M. Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI_Arc) in 2004. He practiced in Los Angeles with Studio Works Architects before moving to India in 2006 to work with Studio Mumbai.

Free and all welcome