Mango Tree House at Saatnavri, Maharashtra, India by Samvad Design Studio, Bengaluru

R.Ramalakshmi

R.Ramalakshmi

Mango Tree House at Saatnavri, Maharashtra, India by Samvad Design Studio, Bengaluru

Share Post:

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Mango Tree House by Samvaad Design StudioIndia has witnessed a trend of middle-class families building weekend retreats in rural hinterlands. This shift in prime inhabitant of the farm from a farmer to urbanised families poses a peculiar challenge of re-imagining the ‘farm house’ – as a secondary home for relaxation by urban users in a rural context.

Site

Situated amidst a 16 acre farmland, the house is built on a shoe-string budget of 20 lakhs. The project re-examines notions of ‘vernacular’ not as a reductive imagery which cloaks architecture (sloping roofs, mud plaster, clay tile etc); but as a performative tool consistent with the hot and dry climate, aspirations of the urban user and maintenance warranted of a secondary home. Sited on an existing plinth, two muscular masses wrap around the mango tree, tied by an elevated bridge, defining a split-level court. Large shade of the tree and a parasol roof cover the entire structure. The aim was to create multi-functional, closed and semi-open volumes rather than rooms. The living spaces are nebulous, with each part of the court being used differently subject to the time of the day, occasion and season. The utilities are situated on ground floor while sleeping areas are on the upper level.

Under Construction

A granary is located under the bridge. The extended plinth imparts a foreground to the court and also doubles up as an open space for informal gatherings.

As a response to climate, the two volumes flanking the mango tree have minimal openings on south and west while the larger openings face east. On the upper level, recessed, adjustable fenestrations limits glare while the use of wood without glass prevents heat from being trapped. The material palette is spartan and locally sourced and crafted – a combination of cement-oxide for internal walls and floors, Shahbad stone, a locally available slate for the exterior floor and Central Province Teak wood for fenestrations. Lime plaster on the external walls, thermocol filler slab roof and shade of large fruit bearing trees abutting the house help reduce heat gain from the scorching summers which can soar up to 48 degree Celsius. All furniture is built-in, including the raised bed. Minimal material palette and design along with glaring absence of upholstered surfaces imparts a primal experience apart from reducing maintenance. The mango tree house thus seeks to negotiate urban family needs in a rural setting.

Share your comments

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like

Administrative Building, at Erode, Tamilnadu, by The Bhargav Group

Unbuilt: Administrative Building, at Erode, Tamilnadu, by The Bhargav Group

The Admin Block is treated in such a way green fields and lush pastures interact with the building add beauty to its environment and a serene entry to the Campus away from the hustle and bustle of main road. The building plinth area covers 6,675 square feet from Site area of 7,782 Square feet. Building area is divided 40% area of mezzanine floor with soil land fill and 60% area of other floor area, with double height space grand lobby enclosed with courtyard space treated with wooden Pergola at the top helps natural light enter into the space. – The Bhargav Group

Read More »
Residential Bungalow, at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, by Azure Interiors

Residential Bungalow, at Raipur, Chhattisgarh, by Azure Interiors

This reimagined family bungalow in Raipur, Chhattisgarh boasts of an elegant ambience that celebrates simple nuances with rich textures and beautiful finishes. Designed by the young and inspiring designer duo Ruchi Gehani and Rashi Bothra of Raipur-based Azure Interiors, the home is a testament to their design acumen and a penchant for bringing balance and vitality to a space through an amalgamation of colour, texture, and materiality. – Azure Interiors

Read More »
The Atrium Project, at Pune, Maharashtra, by OHA STUDIOS

The Atrium Project, at Pune, Maharashtra, by OHA STUDIOS

We were approached by the developers of this mixed-use project to design the interiors of a commercial atrium, residential lobbies and common spaces. The developers were quite keen on exploring something that was different from the traditional atrium designs.

This 2500sqft Atrium – a double-height space in the commercial complex, was the blank canvas that we were to design for. As the entire volume was very rigid and orthogonal with shops at the entry level & offices at the first level, our design concept was to soften this rigidity. Accordingly, we introduced fluid forms into this bounding box. – OHA STUDIOS

Read More »
All That Jazz, at New Delhi, by Mantra One

All That Jazz, at New Delhi, by Mantra One

Mantra One is a leading luxury lifestyle company that has been offering bespoke furniture since 2011. The 10 year old design-house has launched a new line of luxury collection that celebrates unexpected colours and unique material combinations, Mantra One stretches the boundaries of art, engineering and design to create exquisite contemporary furniture. From conceptualization to installation, the company goes the extra mile by offering design consultancy and crafting custom made products to make ‘dream homes’. The collection offers from designer sofas to an array of luxury beds, bars, tables and more.  

Read More »
APDS salon at New Delhi by RLDA STUDIO Architects

APDS salon, at New Delhi, by RLDA STUDIO Architects

The ten thousand square foot beauty salon is a combination of mezzanine spaces (used for speciality treatments and offices) and double height purpose-built cabins interspersed with a series of glass planes with graphic motifs. These elements, individually varied and collectively orchestrated define spaces that provide for the varying degrees of privacy needed in a beauty salon. – RLDA STUDIO

Read More »
In Nature // Sanvina in the Sun!, at Mechkarwadi, near Karjat, Maharashtra, India, by Cluster One Creative Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

In Nature // Sanvina in the Sun!, at Mechkarwadi, near Karjat, Maharashtra, India, by Cluster One Creative Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

We believe that, as architects and designers, our role is exceptionally interim in nature. And by “in nature”, we mean both, the inherent characteristic of a person, as well as the collective physical world around us. After all, for all the glorification we grant to ourselves, we are, eventually, only a means to an end which will exist long after we are gone. Fully aware, and accepting of this interplay of the past, present, and future, we have come to understand that everything we do, is going to interact differently with the evolving sensibilities of the people, the landscape, and the weather, at that point of time, on that given day. – Cluster One Creative Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Read More »

Subscribe to Architecture and Design Updates