The Mango Tree House is a private residence of Mr Jain in Bhopal-India. As the name suggests this house is built around several large 50 years old mango trees. The house consists of two major blocks connected through passages. One accommodates private areas such as living room, bedrooms, kitchen & dining - where the other accommodates formal seating, guest room, studio, gym and swimming pool. The Mango Tree House by Kinny Soni was awarded WADe Asia Award under Residential (>3000 sq ft) Category.
Experience of being under the large foliage of mango trees was our inspiration. KSUP Studio wanted to create private living spaces without compromising the feeling of being under the foliage of mango trees.
This house plan is conceived as a solid wall envelope from outside giving privacy to the house. Inside this envelope, all the spaces are designed as pavilions facing trees, where inside becomes outside and vice versa. They used large glasses as transparent walls to enclose spaces, without compromising the experience of being under the trees.
Tall openings, flat ceilings and continuous floor levels further blur the boundaries of inside and outside. Various passages, staircases and terraces at different floor levels create new vistas and interesting movements around the mango trees.
For each material, selection emphasis was again given to enhance the experience of being connected to the landscape. Cotton white walls and ceilings, uniform granite stone flooring prolong the experience of being close to outside.
Wooden ceilings of the upper spaces merge with the tree foliage. Careful selection of delicate and low wooden furniture does not interrupt openness of the plan, yet creates cozy living spaces. Interior and exterior lighting design emphasized the continuity of spaces towards trees. Lighting controls are programmed to create delightful transitions through different times of a day.
Mango trees were the most important elements of this site when we started thinking about designing this house. Experience of being under the large foliage of mango trees was our inspiration.
Exhibiting a unique methodology to illustrate and understand architectural experiences, Kinny Soni is the principal designer at her studio KSUP Studio, practising architecture and interior design alongside Ujjval Panchal. Major part of her work consists of private residential projects.
Kinny Soni is an Architect and Artist. She completed her masters in Architecture design at the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to this, she completed her graduation in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.
Over last few years she has been travelling in various parts of the world, documenting her travel stories and experiences in illustrations.