Under Mango Tree designed Villa Fagu as two separate volumes on an extremely narrow site to avoid cutting any existing trees in the Western Himalayas.
Villa Fagu straddles a mountain ridge in the Western Himalayas.
The ridge is part of a watershed which drains into India on one side and Pakistan on the other. This feature has been used to articulate the mono-pitched roofs and to choreograph the flow of rainwater.
Piped water is scarce in the region outside monsoon months; the project demonstrates rainwater harvesting through a system of catchment pools and tanks. The enigmatic volumes are redolent of the local vernacular architecture.
Architect: Under Mango Tree
Project: Villa Fagu