Indian Brick House with an Architectural Design Influenced by a Mango Trees Plantation

This stunning 6,000 square foot home design is known as the Mango House and is located in Alibaug, Maharashtra, India and designed by Puran Kumar Architects. The Mango House home design is the physical manifestation of a quest to connect with the natural environment. The essence of architectural design is in its simplicity in thought and with the expression through its form, building materials, and decor of the design. The organic nature of the home construction successfully connects the outside of the home with the inside and manages to convey an earthy feel throughout its free-flowing floor plan. This Indian brick house is a beautiful blend of various elements and building materials that are azonic, which lends to the simplicity of its design.

Since mango trees dominated the building plot, the home design gets its definition from them to ensure that the basic value of being organic or adopting green building was exercised. These 70 to 80-year-old trees on the plot became the deciding and the guiding factors for the architectural design and concept for the house.

The mango trees in the north, south and east directions demarcated the boundary of the Mango House. The architectural design aimed to be able to view the surrounding landscape from any point within the home, whether that was along the north-south as well as the east-west axes. This led to home entrances on all four sides for uninterrupted views of the verdant softscape outside. Some certainties were a given in the overall design to include the entrance to the north, as this is where there was space for a driveway, and the kitchen to the east, the perfect place to catch the early morning sun.

There was when designed this home to find a balance between the open and the covered spaces. With the restrictions that were imposed by the trees on the house construction, the only solution for the designers was to go a level up but stay true to the village-like feel they were going after. The home design reflects a free-flowing and uninterrupted connection with its natural surroundings without losing the proportion in the architectural design.

Another important aspect of this home design was to create volume and with the sloping roof, the home gets about 35 feet at the highest point. This is accentuated at the suspended staircase as it beautifully sweeps up to the first floor. There is a skylight in this location and another one overtops the dining area which allows natural light to filter through the home and underscore the feeling of vastness. This vastness of space and the uninterrupted connection with the natural surroundings is one of the true highlights of the home design. Alluding to the vernacular, there is a rich sense of culture and tradition ever-present, with The Mango House helping the city-dwelling family to connect easily with nature by being organic in both its spirit and content. The home is sparsely decorated and furnished which lends to the feeling of space, and unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape.

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