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MUMBAI , Maharashtra, India-400001
The Mango House, Residential-Single family dwellingProject Status: Completed
A sense of harmony exists between the structure and the natural surrounds of this house - an organic minimalism that defines the architecture.
The Mango House is the physical manifestation of a quest to connect with the natural environment. The essence of design here is simplicity in thought and expression through the form, material and decor of the structure. The organic nature of the construction successfully connects the outside with the inside and thus manages to convey a very earthy feel through its free-flowing plan. The house is a blend of various elements & building materials that are ‘azonic’, lending simplicity to the design.
Since the plot was dominated by mango trees, the house clearly gets its definition from them to ensure that the basic value of adopting green culture was exercised. Creating volume was another important aspect of the structure and with the sloping roof one gets about 35 feet at the highest point. This is most emphatic at the suspended staircase as it sweeps up to the upper floor. Being organic and rustic was the main focus which is reflected in the architecture and the material palette. The suspended steel staircase is the raison d’etre of the house as its majestic presence dominates the interiors. The aim was to be able to see across and be connected with the outside from any point in the house along both, the north-south and the east-west axes. There was a need to get a balance between the open and covered spaces and one finds a creative blend of different elements that are sustainable present very simply in the design.
The structure manages to become a part of the surrounding, blending with the landscape to capture the spirit of the environment and make the space very inviting. This gets reflected in the expression of spaces of the house, almost as an extension of the design values of the architect.
The Mango House is the physical manifestation of a quest to connect with the natural environment. The house is a reflection of an architect’s creative sensibilities. The essence being simplicity in thought and expression through the form, material and décor of the structure.
The unspoken, yet obvious, brief was to stay true to the basic values of being organic in texture and adopting green culture into the design.
“Form follows Function”
The site is dominated by mango trees and thus the house gets its definition from them. The function being the conservation of these 100-odd year old inhabitants. The form of the structure was governed by their location on the North, South and East sides of the house. Their presence on the plot warranted the design approach to be responsive in context with the surrounding.
The entrance on all four sides along both the north–south & east-west axes leads to an uninterrupted view of the verdant landscape. There were some certainties that were a given – entrance porch to the north as there was space for a driveway and kitchen on the east to catch the early morning sun.
The restrictions imposed by the narrow plot on the construction site entailed the house to be taken to the second level. The location of the mango trees on the plot demanded the layout plan to accommodate the roots of the trees during the excavation phase. Certain areas viz. Kitchen block & the pool had to be relocated in order to achieve this.
There was a need for balance between the open and covered spaces. The form reflects an azonic flow of spaces across both levels without losing its proportion in design. The suspended steel staircase is the raison d’etre of the house as its majestic presence dominates the interiors. A skylight here and another over the dining area underscore the
feeling of vastness.
The terracotta tiled roof provides an organic feel to the upper floor. The form reflects an azonic flow of spaces across both levels without losing its proportion in design.
This picture relates to/has: Living Room, Large Living Room, Ceiling Design
The vastness of the free-flowing spaces and their uninterrupted connect with the surrounding becomes the highlight of the house.
This picture relates to/has: Living Room, Large Living Room
Kitchen & Dining Zone
The organic setting of the dining zone is well complimented by its rustic textured surround. The kitchen zone has a connect with the exterior through the east facing windows, and with the interior opening out to the dining space.
This picture relates to/has: Dining Room, Dining Table
The entrance porch of the house, marked by the presence of the sprawling mango trees.
Double-height day areas
There is an unobstructed visual connect between the abstract staircase and the green lawn, through the large picture windows.
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The day areas of the house bear a voluminous feel with large double-height dining and living spaces.
This picture relates to/has: Dining Room, Large Dining Room, Flooring Tiles, Dining Table, dining bench, Furniture
The shower in the master bathroom looks into the surrounding landscape.
This picture relates to/has: Bathroom, Master Bathroom, shower, Shower Enclosure, Wash Basin, Bathroom, Bathroom Tiles
The winding staircase, strung along a metallic spine, becomes the language for a conversation between two levels.
This picture relates to/has: Living Room, Large Living Room, couch, Flooring Tiles, Staircase
The study at a level below is an extension of the master bedroom, and facilitates an east-west connect.
This picture relates to/has: Study Room, Ceiling Design, Wooden Ceiling, wooden rafters ceiling, Tiled Wall, Furniture
The open air dining area by the poolside compliments the zone, while maintaining a connect with the inside of the house.
Semi-open verandah, with a vernacular feel to its design, opens up to the garden on the west side.
The water body harmonizes the character of the structure with its natural surrounds.
This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Pool, swimming pool, Pool
View along the east-west axis
The connect between the outdoor and indoor spaces, as seen along the east-west axis.
The structure manages to become a part of the environment blending with the landscape.
The deck on the first floor and the space below become the hybrid space between the extended pool and the dining zone.
This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Pool, swimming pool
The interplay of the solids and the voids forms an integral part of the architectural composition.
This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Pool, swimming pool, Furniture
The stairwell consists of the curved steel staircase ensconced by large fixed-glass windows.
Foyer/ Living Zone
The large openings frame the mango tree on either side of the north-south axis.
This picture relates to/has: Living Room, Large Living Room, Furniture
The entrance on all four sides along both the north–south & east-west axes leads to an uninterrupted view of the verdant landscape.
This picture relates to/has: Living Room, Large Living Room, Flooring Tiles
The organic character of the house is symbolic of the synergy between architecture and its environs.
This picture relates to/has: Outdoors, Landscape, Bench, landscape
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