Jiji House Office
Workspaces I Mumbai, Maharashtra
The skew moves between columns and balconies to allow optimum use of the space, and permit the use of the balconies in their original manner. Junctions are emphasised, like punctuation marks, with wooden folds and copper detailing.
Area 17,000 Sq. ft
Status Completed 2013
Photographer Rajesh Vora, Shimul Javeri Kadri, Ramlath, Sebastian Zachariah
Vaishali Shankar, Roshni Kshirsagar, Ushma Mehta, Michelle Pereira
Team Shimul Javeri Kadri, Sarika Shetty,
The attitude towards creating a functional 21st-century office in a late 19th-century store building was to use sleek contemporary lines and details to enhance the old world architecture. Balconies, railings and arches were restored to their original use, character and glory. The plan used skewed glass sheets to create individual cabins. The skew moves between columns and balconies to allow optimum use of the space, and permit the use of the balconies in their original manner. Junctions are emphasised, like punctuation marks, with wooden folds and copper detailing. The crux was to work out a ceiling with lighting and air-conditioning that retained the character of the high ceiling space and complemented the skewed glass cabins.
The lounge has been designed as an executive dining space in the heritage precinct of Mumbai’s Fort area. Our endeavour was to create a tastefully opulent space that draws from several different Indian crafts and traditions.
Space provided its inherent classicism with tall arches and cast-iron columns, all of which was discovered and restored.
However, each element introduced has been custom designed and finally incorporates craft, sometimes in a more contemporary avatar, for example, the buffed brass tabletops with leaf cutouts, and the silver-leafed walls. The Banaras fabrics, Gujarat painted motifs, and the Tanjore paintings provided the more crafted Indian idiom, whereas the fibre optic lighting and the contemporary chandeliers exemplify the constant dialectic between the old and the new.