India Mango Tree House
the ‘mango tree house’, is a private residence in bhopal, india designed by architects ujjvalpanchal and kinnysoni. as suggested by its name, the home’s concept focuses on the appreciation and integration of several mature mango trees on the plot. split into two major blocks, every component of the design communicates the experience of ‘living under the foliage’.conceived of as a solid envelope from outside, the residence is very private. this was done to allow the break down of all formal barriers between interior and exterior. all spaces are designed as more-or-less open pavilions, each of which centers itself around a mango tree. prominent use of glass, in addition to flat ceilings and continuous floor planes further the home’s ambiguous nature.
the blocks are separated by function. one includes all formal public spaces, guest room, studio, gym, and swimming pool; the other, private areas such as master and familial bedrooms, kitchen, and dining room. various passages, stairwells, and terraces placed intermittently create interesting vistas and moments around the structure.material selection was, as the rest of the home, focused on enhancing the connection between inhabitant and landscape. white walls and ceilings, granite flooring, wooden ceilings, carefully selected furniture, and more evoke harmonious feelings of nature.