Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Mango House in Alibaug, India by Puran Kumar Architects
December 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Puran Kumar Architects
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 décor of the structure. The organic nature of the construction successfully connects the outside with the inside and thus manages to convey an 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 mango trees dominated the plot, the house clearly gets its definition from them to ensure that the basic value of being organic or adopting green culture was exercised. These 70-80 year old inhabitants of the plot became the deciding and guiding factors for the design and concept for the house.
The mango trees in the north, south and east directions demarcated the boundary of the house.
The aim was to be able to view the surrounding landscape from any point in the house – along both north-south and east-west axes. This led to an entrance on all four sides for an uninterrupted view of the verdant outside.
There were some certainties that were a given – entrance to the north as there was space for a driveway and kitchen on the east to catch the early morning sun.
There was a need to get a balance between the open and covered spaces. With the restrictions imposed by the trees on the construction, the only solution was to go a level up but stay true to the village feel. The house reflects a free flowing and uninterrupted connect with its surroundings without losing the proportion in design.
Creating volume was an 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. A skylight here and another over the dining area underscore the feeling of vastness.
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