The Tropical House
Architecture & interior design for a bungalow, Bangalore
PROJECT AREA: 12,000 Sq.ft. | Completed Jan '06
This house could be the final transition from the various homes the Mahtaney’s have transited through in the course of our architectural practice and their lives from Mumbai to Bangalore. A one-acre plot near the Bangalore airport, coconut trees, a dirty nala, mosquitoes, airplanes, and dreams, were our beginnings! We had built a home for our clients in Bangalore before this one and they moved on only to enable to greener, more spacious lifestyle.
Our initial design – more introverted with courtyards, was completely vetoed by us, towards this design where the inside and outside flow into each other. Volumes, light quality and simple textured, natural stones, survive with exposed R.C.C ceilings.
The sun rises at the entrance goes along the axis of the house, piercing the central skylight in the living room and sets in the final courtyard of the axis, giving the house its soul.