Workspace Architecture I Mumbai, Maharashtra
Client Synergy Lifestyles Pvt. Ltd.
Area 5,950 Sq.ft
Status Completed 2016
Photographer Rajesh Vora
Team Shimul Javeri Kadri, Vaishali Mangalvedhekar, Roshni Kshirsagar, Michelle Pereira, Nikita Shadadpuri
The skylights run along the truss and the partitions elude the roof so that lightness and continuity are the primary virtues.
It is rare to have the opportunity to revisit a project - and this warehouse in the mill area of Kalachowki was first renovated by us in 1997 into a contemporary corporate office architecture design. It was a landmark project then - amongst the first of the industrial projects that converted to offices in a city fast-changing from its industrial roots to a service economy. Synergy Lifestyles architectural design, optimized the roof, its volume and its potential as a source of light. The skylights ran along the truss and the partitions eluded the roof so that lightness and continuity were the primary virtues.
Rebuilt from the inside
Much detailing and colour added value and the project was well publicised and awarded and became one of the turning points in the growth of SJK Architects. More importantly, it was the beginning of a relationship with Sunita Namjoshi of Synergy Lifestyles that would endure 11 wonderful projects together until this building caught fire and had to be practically gutted and rebuilt from the inside.
Subtle detailing and monochrome palette
The passage of twenty years perhaps reflects in the journey of our firm - clarity and simplicity are paramount. More subtle detailing and a monochrome palette to celebrate volume and sunlight. In this avatar, the ubiquitous staircase is still the protagonist but the project is perhaps even more honest than its predecessor, ever more transparent and reliant on the craftsmanship of concrete and steel - so as to hide nothing!