The Mango House

The Mango House

Studio PKA
Alibaug, India
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Private Houses
Amit Pasricha

The Mango House

Studio PKA as Architects

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.

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