A place where the relationship between Man, God, and the environment is redefined harmonically: a house with a private temple in the courtyard and a green rooftop, which becomes part of the natural landscape, is the result of a two-year-long work signed by the International architect Saket Sethi, of Saket Sethi Design & Archilogics Design. SunooTemple House is probably India’s largest residential green roof – a prototype of houses that grow their own food and generate their own energy.
Sunoo Temple House is a unique house located on the outskirts of Mumbai, surrounded by acres of paddy fields and with a garden not on the roof, but as its roof. With its creepers all around the house like curtains, Sunoo Temple House turns out to be a magical place in which nature shapes indoor comfort too: the garden acts as a cooling blanket, protecting the house from the sun and keeping the temperature low and pleasant even in the hottest days. Just a few steps away, the one-of-a-kind temple appears: shaped like an egg with a spiral structure inside, recalling an absolute indivisibility, and inspired by the galaxy.
The interior design of the space is based on a seamless dialogue between interior and landscape, peppered with artifacts based on travel from Italy to Bali, and even the clients’ antiques. The dining table is custom made and designed by Saket using fabricated laser cut components, like a jigsaw puzzle fitting together. Overall, the focus of the interiors is to keep character but not be overwhelming to compete with the views. All the artwork was sourced from Milan, Naples, Venice, Barcelona, and from local artists. Matching aesthetic and Indian culture in his works, Saket Sethi transforms every space in a dialogue between the material and spiritual world.
PROJECT Sunoo Temple House ARCHITECTS Saket Sethi Design & Archilogics Design LOCATION Mumbai, India PHOTO Fabien Charuau